Teen arrested for stabbing man in K-Mart parking lot over vaping cartridges

By Paige Gross | For NJ.com |

Garret Latorre

An 18-year-old man from Toms River was charged with attempted murder Saturday after he stabbed a man in a parking lot during an alleged drug deal.

Garret Latorre had allegedly met up with a man in the K-Mart parking lot on Route 37 in Toms River on Saturday afternoon to sell him THC vaping cartridges, Ocean County prosecutors said.

The two men fought over the transaction, and ultimately Latorre stabbed the victim multiple times, police allege.

First responders found the man with wounds to his leg, stomach and chest, and he was airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center for emergency surgery.

Toms River Police used the license plate of the vehicle seen fleeing the parking lot to track Latorre down to a Toms River residence, where they allegedly found him with blood on his hands.

After obtaining a search warrant, prosecutors say detectives also found Latorre’s bloody clothes and a knife they believe was used in the stabbing.

Latorre was charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon and drug-related charges. He’s being held in Ocean County Jail, pending a detention hearing.

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