Toms River man wanted for assaulting Jackson woman is arrested
The Toms River man wanted for allegedly choking and tasering a woman before leaving her in a car near the woods on September 25 has been found and arrested.
Jackson Police arrested the apprehension of Jesse Shawger on Tuesday morning by the Ocean County Sheriff's Department.
Shawger has been processed at Jackson Police headquarters and lodged in the Ocean County Jail.
Jackson Police said officers responded to a residence on Melissa Lee Drive last month on the report of a woman who had reportedly come out of a nearby wooded area screaming for help and had been found by a resident.
The victim picked up the suspect identified as 26-year old Jesse Shawger, who she knew, at a Jackson residence and the two of them drove to the parking lot of a WaWa nearby and were at that point just talking to each other.
Shawger then allegedly began snorting cocaine and had a taser on him that he used to shock the woman in the car multiple times.
He also allegedly threatened the victim with the taser not to try and alert police to what was taking place and then also choked her.
The victim crawled into the rear seat of the vehicle and Shawger started to drive away with her trapped in the rear and unable to exit the vehicle as the child safety locks were engaged.
He then drove to Melissa Lee Drive where he got out of the vehicle and he dropped the vehicle keys on the ground that threw her cell phone that he had taken from her into the woods before leaving on foot.
Jackson Police Officers checked the area for Shawger when they arrived but received information that he had left the area.
Detectives followed up on the investigation and ultimately conferred with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office on complaints.
Shawger was charged with criminal restraint, robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and aggravated assault.
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