Lavallette Police Chief Colin Grant was arrested in Toms River on Friday
night and charged with assaulting his girlfriend in their shared
Grant, 48, was charged after Toms River police
responded to an 11:54 p.m. call at the Bey Lea Fairways complex, Ocean
County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Al Della Fave said Monday.
were met by a 40-year-old woman who told them that Grant had physically
during the course of an argument at the residence, according to a joint
statement by Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Toms River Police Chief
Michael Mastronardy. The alleged victim told officers she was Grant's
girlfriend and that they lived together.
During the course of the investigation the officers
observed "obvious signs of injury to the victim," the statement said.
The injuries were, specifically, redness and a small abrasion about the neck, according to the statement.
surrendered his duty weapon and off duty weapon as a result of the
charge, the statement said. He was processed, served his complaint
summons, and released to appear in court on a future date.
prosecutor's office will now conduct an administrative internal
investigation independent of the simple assault charge, the statement
According to state pensions records, Grant has been in law
enforcement for 15 years and earned $114,356 as chief last year. The
Lavallette Police Department's website said Grant has been chief since