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.