Authorities seek Lakewood murder suspect

     Darneil Reeves, 32, with a last known address of 207 Center Street in Lakewood, is being sought in connection with the death of Hassan Parker, 32, of South Toms River, according to a release from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. (Image courtesy of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

    Darneil Reeves, 32, with a last known address of 207 Center Street in Lakewood, is being sought in connection with the death of Hassan Parker, 32, of South Toms River, according to a release from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. (Image courtesy of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

    Authorities are seeking a Lakewood man on murder and weapons charges after a warrant was issued today, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson announced.

    Darneil Reeves, 32, with a last known address of 207 Center Street in Lakewood, is being sought in connection with the death of Hassan Parker, 32, of South Toms River, according to a release from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

    According to the release, Reeves has been charged with first degree murder, possession of a knife for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a knife. Ocean County Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels set bail at one million dollars with no ten percent option.

    Authorities say that Reeves and Parker were sitting in a vehicle in the Martin Luther King, Jr. apartment complex parking lot in Lakewood shortly before midnight on June 22 when Reeves stabbed the other man.

    A subsequent investigation revealed that Reeves stabbed Parker just minutes before the deceased man’s vehicle crashed into a utility pole less than a mile from the Martin Luther King, Jr. apartment complex, according to the release. 

    Authorities say that Parker was attempting to drive himself to a hospital when he crashed. He was pronounced dead during the early morning hours of June 23.

    A subsequent investigation by the Ocean County Medical Examiner revealed that Parker died as a result of the stab wound.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (732) 929-2027 or the Lakewood Police Department at (732) 363-0200. Authorities say to not approach Reeves if spotted. 

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