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Authorities Still Searching For Suspects Who Assaulted Long Branch Police Officer

LONG BRANCH: Police are still gathering information on suspects who assaulted a Long Branch Patrolman and left him unconscious.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 when Officer Michael Monahan was patrolling the area of Westwood and Bath Avenue. Monahan noticed what he believed to be several subjects with flashlights near an abandoned building. Upon exiting his vehicle, the subjects fled and he chased them on foot.

"He gave chase on foot, and apprehended one subject, before being struck on the back of his head and knocked unconscious," according to a press release from Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck at the time. "Responding officers were unable to reach him on the radio, and finally located him by spotting the light given off by his flashlight, which was on the ground."

Monahan was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center, was treated for head and neck injuries and is recovering.

Anyone with information about this crime call also reach out to Long Branch Police Det. Joe Spitale at 732-222-1000, or Det. Pam Ricciardi from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

Anyone who has information on the incident is being urged to call Monmouth County Crime Stoppers.

Monmouth County Crime Stoppers provides the public direct access to law enforcement, without having to identify themselves, by offering a toll-free telephone number, web tips on the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers website and text tips.

Tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of $5,000 if the information given leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the suspects.

Call 1-800-671-4400 or text "MONMOUTH" plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

Long Branch resident Vin Gopal said this week that he has committed to giving $5,000 on top of the PBA's $25,000 reward through the NJ COP SHOT program and Monmouth County Crime Stoppers bringing the total reward to $30,000.

"We appreciate a Long Branch resident stepping up in order to bring attention back to this issue. It has been nearly two months since the incident and it is important we capture the individual who assaulted Officer Monahan," stated New Jersey State PBA President Pat Colligan.

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