🔵 Old Bridge man stabs Jackson resident in the neck.

🔵 Suspect trying to solicit business took exception to being told no.

🔵 Jackson man dies lying in a pool of blood.


An indictment has been handed up by an Ocean County grand jury against a Laurence Harbor man who caused the death of a Jackson Township resident leaving him in a pool of blood, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer.

What happened in Jackson Township murder

Michael Tsamas, 33, wouldn't take no for an answer, investigators learned, while he was working for a company Verizon hired to go door-to-door to solicit customer and ultimately, their business as well.

Joseph Delgardio, 44, said he wasn't interested and so Tsamas left only to come across the Jackson Township resident again on the street a short time later where a fight broke out.

(Photo: Google Street View of West Veterans Highway and Conor Road in Jackson Township)
(Photo: Google Street View of West Veterans Highway and Conor Road in Jackson Township)
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It became a homicide when Tsamas pulled out a knife from his pocket and stabbed Delgardio in the neck, cops say.

Police respond to scene of homicide

Jackson Police arrived at the scene around 6:15 p.m., May 26, 2022, at the corner of West Veterans Highway and Conor Road after getting a call about a man lying in a pool of blood in the road.

Ocean County Prosecutors Office. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
Ocean County Prosecutors Office. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Firefighters who were first on the scene were giving CPR to Delgardio as he had suffered a severe wound to his neck but, tragically, the life-saving measures were not able to revive the man.

Ambulance. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
Ambulance. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Jackson Police, the OCPO-Major Crimes Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff's Office CSI Unit investigated the case, learned what happened, and arrested Tsamas at the scene and brought him to the Ocean County Jail.

He was later released under New Jersey's Bail Reform Law.

Charges related to Jackson Township murder

In court, Tsamas was indicted for Aggravated Manslaughter, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and two counts of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.

(Photo: Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
(Photo: Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Prosecutor Billhimer also said that Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni presented the case to the Grand Jury on behalf of the State.

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