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UPDATE: Manchester Man Arrested in Long Branch Murder of Point Pleasant Man

Alan Bienkowski was charged in connection with Michael M. Wells' death.

Update, 12:58 p.m.: This story was updated with additional information from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

Authorities arrested a 54-year-old man in connection with the murder of a Point Pleasant man in Long Branch, according to Charles Webster, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).

Alan Bienkowski of Pinecrest Manor in Manchester faces felony murder, robbery and weapons charges, according to the MCPO.

Michael M. Wells died of a gunshot wound in the backyard of a Cleveland Avenue home on April 10. Wells arrived at Dutch Prime Foods for work around 4:30 a.m. that day when Bienkowski allegedly confronted him and robbed him at gun point. During the course of the robbery Bienkowski shot and killed Wells, the MCPO said in a press release issued Friday afternoon.

A co-worker reported Wells missing at 5 a.m. and an investigation led Long Branch police to a nearby residence where his body had been discovered at 8 a.m. Friends remembered Wells as "a nice guy" and an avid fisherman shortly after his death.

Bienkowski is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $1,450,000 bail with no option to post 10 percent bond.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Bienkowski around the date and time of the murder should contact the two lead detectives on the case, Det. Kevin Condon of the Prosecutor’s Office and Det. Brendan Cahill of the Long Branch Police Department, the release said. Det. Condon can be reached at 1-800-533-7443.  Det. Cahill can be reached at 732-222-1000.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Manchester Police Department and the Jackson Township Police Department contributed to the investigation, according to the release.

If convicted, Bienkowski faces a minimum 30-year sentence on the murder charge and 10 to 20 years in prison on the robbery charge.

Anthony De'marco May 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM
JERZYMOM It's not the Guns it's the whacky people who are out there Don't start!
ortleysmellslikebunker May 19, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Jerzy Mom, GoTo Seaside And Watch The Boarwalk Get Built,Nobody Wants You In Here,Go The Hell away
Jerzymom May 20, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Your so Disrespectful on a story of a mans death. Doesn't surprise me. Sorry to hear you lost a friend @ David. Don't mind the junk on here. Their the shit stirrers of the Patch. RIP Mike
Jerzymom May 20, 2013 at 01:53 AM
That's the truth David way to easy. Eye for an Eye! You wish they could feel the pain they inflicted on your friend.
Alicia78 May 20, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Who the hell are you to tell her what to do? I agree with her and so do a lot of people. Why don't you go the hell away!!! Loser.

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