Teenagers charged with aggravated arson in Beach Haven after throwing 5in mortar fireworks out of jeep window – MidJersey.News


A 53-year-old victim was struck by explosive fireworks launched from a Jeep Wrangler on Pennsylvania Ave., causing his clothing to catch fire and second-degree burns. Liebhauser handed a five-inch shell mortar firework to Aveta, who then ignited the firework and threw it out of the passenger side of the vehicle, striking the victim.

July 28, 2022

BEACH HAVEN, NJ (OCEAN) – Ocean County District Attorney Bradley D. Billhimer and Beach Haven Police Chief James Markoski announced that on July 23, 2022, Justin Liebhauser, 19, of Randolph , New Jersey, and Gianni Aveta, 18, of Wayne, New Jersey, have each been charged with aggravated arson contrary to NJSA 2C:17-1a(1), in connection with an incident that occurred at Beach Haven on July 22, 2022.

On July 22, 2022, a 53-year-old woman entered the Beach Haven Police Department to report that at approximately 10:15 p.m. that evening, she had been struck by a pyrotechnic explosive thrown from a motor vehicle. She informed officers that she was walking on Pennsylvania Avenue when fireworks were launched from the passenger side of a Jeep Wrangler. The fireworks exploded and hit her in the arm and ribs, causing her clothes to catch fire. Officers contacted EMS and the victim was treated for second degree burns to the arm.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., officers from the Beach Haven Police Department executed a motor vehicle stop on a Jeep Wrangler matching the description of the vehicle described by the victim. The vehicle was operated by Liebhauser – with Aveta and three minors as passengers.

An investigation by the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Beach Haven Police Department found that Liebhauser was driving the vehicle with Aveta and the two minors as passengers in the Pennsylvania Avenue area. earlier in the evening. Liebhauser handed a five-inch shell mortar firework to Aveta, who then ignited the firework and threw it out of the passenger side of the vehicle, striking the victim. As a result of the investigation, Liebhauser and Aveta received the aforementioned charges by way of subpoena pending an upcoming first appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.

District Attorney Billhimer and Chief Markoski thank the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Beach Haven Police Department and the County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit. ‘Ocean for their collective assistance with this investigation.

The charges mentioned above are charges only and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.
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Justin Liebhauser, 19, of Randolph, New Jersey, and Gianni Aveta, 18, of Wayne, New Jersey, have each been charged with aggravated arson contrary to NJSA 2C:17-1a(1), in connection with an incident that occurred in Beach Haven on July 22, 2022.


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