LONG BRANCH, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey police officer is recovering in the hospital after he was found knocked unconscious while on overnight duty in Long Branch on Tuesday. A $20,000 reward is now being offered for information.
According to officials, a little before 2 a.m. on September 19, Officer Michael Monahan noticed what he believed to be several subjects with flashlights near an abandoned building by Westwood and Bath Avenue. Authorities say Monahan, a 12-year veteran of the force, exited his vehicle to investigate and the subjects fled. He chased after them on foot and apprehended one of the subjects, before investigators say the officer was struck on the back of his head and knocked unconscious.
Police say responding officers were unable to reach him on his radio but were eventually able to find him from the light on his flashlight which was lying on the ground nearby. He was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center where he remains under observation for a head injury.
The New Jersey Cop Shot program is now offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the assault.
They are asking anyone with information about the crime to call Crime Stoppers of Monmouth County at 1-800-671-400 or to text “TIPCOP” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).