Prosecutor: Two Fugitives Arrested in Connection with June Shooting

A man and woman who were allegedly involved in a shooting incident in Long Branch have been found and arrested, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced on Tuesday.

Michael O’ Rourke, 31, of Asbury Park, has been charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree attempted murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun and second-degree certain persons not to possess a weapon. Brianna L. Graziano, 27, of Tinton Falls, was charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree attempted murder.

Convictions on first-degree criminal charges can be punishable by terms up to 20 years in state prison.

The case background …

On June 12, at approximately 2:15 a.m., Long Branch police responded to the area of Matilda Terrace apartments for a report of an altercation. Upon arrival, the victim was found with multiple gunshot wounds, including one to his neck. The victim was transported to Monmouth Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. 

An investigation involving members of the MCPO Major Crimes Bureau and the Long Branch Police Department resulted in the identification of O’Rourke and Graziano as the two allegedly responsible for the shooting.

On Friday Aug. 4, O’Rourke was found and arrested in Ohio by members of the U.S. Marshals Mountain State Fugitive Task Force’s Wheeling Office.

Shortly thereafter, Graziano was found and arrested in New Jersey by the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Task Force.

Anyone with information on this case can contact the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Joshua Rios at 1-800-533-7443 or Long Branch Police Department Detective Connor Mullan at 732-222-1000.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office