NJ man gets 20 years in prison for bloody carjacking in Lakewood

A 36-year-old Ocean County man who admitted to committing a violent carjacking nearly four years ago has now been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

John Bailey, of the Bayville Section of Berkeley Township, pleaded guilty in June to charges stemming from the incident in late 2018.

Bailey admitted to approaching a 20-year-old woman who was sitting in a car outside her Lakewood home on December 5.

She gave him directions but said no when he asked to be driven, after which Bailey briefly walked away before turning around and breaking his window, getting into the car and choking the woman, prosecutors said.

He then began to drive the car away threatening to kill her but the young woman managed to escape from the moving vehicle and ran to a nearby house for help.

The victim was treated for neck and head injuries and a bite wound to the leg.

Police found his vehicle later that same day, abandoned in Jackson with bloodstains on the driver’s side rear door and quarter panel.

It wasn’t until June 2020 that the DNA profile from the bloodstain on the vehicle emerged as a possible match to Bailey, as alerted by the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences.

Months later, Bailey underwent a court-ordered DNA swab and in early 2021 the results were found to be consistent.

A carjacking charge was filed on January 5, 2021, and Bailey was listed in the National Crime Information Center database as a wanted person.

Before the end of that month, he was arrested in Perth Amboy and taken to Ocean County Jail, where he has remained ever since.

He must serve at least 85% of his prison sentence before being considered for parole.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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