Two months after he’s alleged to have shot two brothers in a dispute at the Montgomery Terrace apartments, fugitive Anthony Sims is believed to have been living a “nomadic existence across Monmouth and Ocean counties,” today’s Asbury Park Press reports.
The Nov. 26 shootings left one of two brothers, whose names have never been released, trying to regain his ability to walk after taking a bullet to the neck, according to sources who know him; the other victim was released from hospital care in short order.
Sims, though, went on the lam and has yet to be caught. “Investigators believe Sims has been traveling between, and alternately staying in, the Red Bank, Eatontown and Toms River areas,” the Press reports, citing police Capt. Steve McCarthy as the source.
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Family members denied ever seeing the younger Sims with a gun, although his father said his son had some type of juvenile arrest in Long Branch “two or three years ago” involving a gun. He could not offer any specifics.
Police have checked several out-of-state locations where Sims is known to have relatives, McCarthy said. He would not say what, if anything, was learned at those locations.
Authorities believe they know the reason for the shootings, police and the prosecutor’s office said, but no one would discuss it publicly.
“I can say that we do not believe it is related to drugs or gang activity,” McCarthy said.
Still, the police have not yet released the names of the shooting victims as “a precautionary measure,” Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Peter E. Warshaw Jr. said.
Sims is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Red Bank police detective bureau at (732) 530-2719 or Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Det. Jeff Wilbert at (800) 533-7443.