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Ocean City Man Charged with Mother’s Murder

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From the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office

OCEAN CITY – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief William Campell of the Ocean City Police Department announce the arrest of Jeffrey Surgent, a 46-year-old resident of Ocean City, for the homicide of his mother.

On Friday, Dec. 8, at approximately 3:59 p.m., the Ocean City Police Department received a call from Surgent stating he suffers from mental illness, and he just killed his mother. Officers responded to Surgent’s residence located in the 600 block of 6th Street in Ocean City. When officer’s arrived, they located Surgent and the body of his 74-year-old deceased mother. Surgent was taken into custody without incident. The incident is currently being investigated by the Ocean City Police Department Detective Bureau, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the New Jersey Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

Surgent was charged with murder (1st degree), possession of weapon for an unlawful purpose (3rd degree), and unlawful possession of a weapon (4th degree). Surgent is in police custody at a secure medical facility.

*Any charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty.

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