Possession Of A Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Mischief are the charges handed down by the Prosecutors Office in regards to Sunday’s manhunt suspect Nicholas Markee.

When police first arrived at the location officers made contact and found him armed with two handguns, waving them in the air and acting irrationally. He quickly hopped a fence at the rear of the residence, and fled into the woods while still armed. Markee (31 of New Egypt) led Local Police along with the Ocean County Regional SWAT team, and other officers on a multi hour manhunt within a perimeter that was less than 1 square mile after a preliminary search yielded no results. The perimeter was bordered on the east by Carter Ln, the South by Long Swamp Rd, the west by Inman Rd and on the north by Brynmore Rd.

While the search was ongoing, officers proceed to speak with the residents of the home and it was determined that Markee had fired one of the handguns into a woodpile behind the residence.

Markee was located and apprehended by a Plumsted Police K-9 unit.

When all was said and done the Plumsted Police Department and Plumsted PD K-9 Unit as well as the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Regional SWAT Team; the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit; the Jackson Township Police Department the North Hanover Police Department and the Chesterfield Township Police department all took part in the operation to find and apprehend Markee.

While the public and media as always, should remember that defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, it’s also important to remember that any situation can escalate and get worse.

More coverage of this ongoing story can be found at Jersey Shore Online – Our original coverage can be found HERE and HERE