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FREEHOLD, NJ - A Monmouth County grand jury returned a 6-count indictment against a 17-year-old Colts Neck Township teen charged with the 2013 stabbing of a township woman at her home, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Brennan Doyle, 17, who will be tried as an adult before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr., is named in the 6-count indictment handed up on Wednesday charging him with one count each of first degree Carjacking; first degree Attempted Murder; third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose; fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon; third degree Hindering Apprehension of Oneself; and fourth degree Obstructing the Administration of Law. Doyle was released after posting $760,000 bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James J. McGann, J.S.C.  Judge McGann also ordered Doyle to have no victim contact and no return to scene on all charges.

Township police received a 911 call around 12:30 a.m. on July 7, 2013 from a Colts Neck woman indicating she was stabbed by an unknown assailant. The Colts Neck Police Department and emergency medical services responded to her residence where they discovered she had been stabbed several times. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. She remained in the hospital for several days where she was treated for her injuries and eventually discharged.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Colts Neck Police Department revealed the victim heard some noise coming from the outside of her house and when she went to open her door to investigate, the assailant pushed his way into her house and stabbed her several times. Doyle then took the keys to her car and fled the scene in her vehicle parked in her driveway. The vehicle was recovered in Aberdeen later that same morning.

Due to applicable juvenile confidentiality statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-60, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office was prohibited from releasing personal identification information regarding this matter until the matter was transferred to Monmouth County Superior Court today.  N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-28.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

The prosecution of this case is being handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Laurie B. Gerhardt, Director of this Office’s Family Division. Doyle is represented by Mitchell Ansell, Esq. of Ocean Township.

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