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Hazlet Man Arrested, Charged with Murder of North Middletown Woman [Video of Fire]

Police caught up with Darryl E. Petlock in Georgia and, now he will return to face multiple, serious charges.

A Hazlet man was arrested yesterday and charged with the murder of a woman found in a burned out home in North Middletown in the early hours of Sept. 4, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. 

Darryl E. Petlock, also known as “Isa Maajid” was arrested in Brunswick, Georgia and charged with first-degree murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and second-degree aggravated arson.

The investigation began after the Middletown Township Police Department received a 911 call on September 4 reporting a structure fire in the area of Jersey Avenue in Middletown, a small street facing Route 36. 

Middletown Police Department and firefighters from multiple Middletown companies responded and, upon arrival, discovered an ongoing structural fire at 160 Jersey Avenue.

After the fire was extinguished, a deceased female was located inside the bungalow. The woman was later identified as Lynn A. Moretti, 40, of Middletown.

An investigation into her death was conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, with the assistance of the Middletown Police Department.

The investigation later revealed that Moretti’s death was a homicide and that the fire was intentionally set.

On September 9, law enforcement authorities were notified that Petlock was arrested in Brunswick, Georgia on an unrelated matter.

Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering told The Brunswick News that police found Petlock on St. Simons Island after receiving a complaint that he had allegedly been sleeping near the bathroom at Massengale Park. 

Petlock reportedly was initially uncooperative with police then “started giving unsolicited information about a murder in Middletown, N.J.,” Doering told crime reporter Louie Brogdon. 

Officers checked with New Jersey officials and found there had been a murder, the police chief told the Times. Then they heard a report that a man fitting Petlock’s description had allegedly taken a taxi from Jacksonville to St. Simons Island and not paid the fare, Doering told the newspaper.

Police arrested Petlock on charges of theft of services, and contacted New Jersey officials, Doering told the Times. 

As a result of the continuing investigation into the incident, Petlock was arrested on September 10 by members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Middletown Police Department.

Following Petlock’s arrest on September 10, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr., J.S.C. set Petlock’s bail at $2.5 million with no 10% option.

On September 11, Petlock appeared in Glynn County Magistrate Court and agreed to waive extradition.

Petlock will be extradited to New Jersey to face the charges filed against him.

kevin toomey September 11, 2012 at 09:40 PM
great job MTPD
Jenn September 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Amen! Agreed...excellent job to my friends at the Middletown Police Department! :O)
christine ruane September 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Ditto~ thank you Middletown Police, especially the DETECTIVES...RIP Lynn, they got him!!!
Cheryl McClelland September 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Good job!
Capt Bob September 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Greal job by the Georgia Law Enforcement Community in taking a seemingly routine arrest and providing the needed pieces for a successful Murder arrest!
Ginny C September 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I'm not knocking the MTPD but they did not crack this case. The murderer was arrested in Georgia for something else and then started to talk about the murder in middletown. Actually this murder was basically just a blurb here around Middletown. The fire made the news. It seems the murder was sort of hushed instead. Almost as if it wasn't important to keep Middletown residents fully informed of what was happening.
NJarhead September 12, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Don't care who gets the credit. The most important thing is, he won't get away with taking Lynn's life.
M-town Resident September 12, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I agree that perhaps the MTPD didn't actually crack this one, but I have to disagree with your statement regarding the unimportance of the actual homicide. Perhaps the Patch only had one article that addressed the homicide beyond the initial article regarding the fire, but the MTPD put up a large electric sign on Rt. 36 right by the victim's house asking residents to call if they had any information about he homicide. So rather than keeping it "hushed" they were actually advertising it.
MiddletownResident September 12, 2012 at 09:52 PM
This guy was dangerous been in and out of the system as far as I know from 1998, 2008 he was released from federal custody he grew up a felon and lived a life as a felon (in many states) and now he just added murder charges to his long rap...Thank God he ratted on himself before he ruined someone elses lives
Ireland Forever September 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
It simply amazes me how some people can say such horrid things about someone,acting as if they know the ins and outs of it. Now,they know all about the murderer and are so glad he's been caught. I think MTPD needs to hire this woman,she knows everything..even how this guy grew as a felon,she has incredible .ways of getting info...just kills me that they were just spewing hate towards Lynn...how many faces can one person have?
Ireland Forever September 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Totally agree!
Ireland Forever September 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Far from a blurb,her murder touched many thru out this town....MTPD did right by Lynn. As well as,Georgia! Also helps he was stupid enuf to run from a cab...however,I knew they'd get him in my heart!
Mrs M September 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
No one was spewing hate just the truth and sometimes the truth hurts and it hurts worse when you know the people involved. I get that people dont want to hear the wrongs of a deceased person but this was a MURDER IN A SMALL TOWN? Its not that hard to find things out especially when you're not ignorant/blind to whats happening in your hometown or surrounding towns. You have addicts, dealers, runners, manufacturers and snitches etc.... living among you even right next door. Some adults have turned children into these types of people also. Im not naive, i know there are all these things and people everywhere and anywhere u live but when its right under your nose and someone informs you that this is happening in your town I would be appreciative and not hostile towards the messenger. Ever heard the saying, DONT SHOOT THE MESSENGER?
Bagodoughnuts September 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Right on mrs M, middletown has been guilty of this for years! They would never report B&E's or othter crimes. The patch is also included, mostly dwi's and warrant pick ups. Middletown still wants to be the safest place to live, if you have a blindfold and earplugs, it would be. But sorry to say! It's not! I lived here for 50 years , born at river view, the whole bay shore area has changed. Ya, sure , I bought joints at san Juan hill in keyport 30 years ago. But now it's in my neighborhood. And I stopped. But some parents didn't, and their kids copied what they grew up with.you can say I'm anti police, I might be. But I grew up with the bad 5(5 police fired for harassment ). I just hope that mtpd and Monmouth county prosecuted office dont start glad handing and have applause breaks when this trial is over. Remember that they did not break the case. He ratted him self out.! Open your eyes, it's here!
headsinthesand September 14, 2012 at 08:31 PM
MiddletownResident September 14, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I was right about the MURDERER Ireland..I did my research and YES he DID do all I typed above.all u bad mouthers came to ME asking me to forward any info I had about Darryl and even though they said I was a horrible person for as u call it spewing hateful comments (THEY WERE FACTS BY THE WAY) I still gave them the info they asked...the asbury park press even printed it 2 days AFTER i found the info myself....and I was RIGHT about the circumstances that drugs are the culprit and motive for the murder..want to try and prove me wrong? cause u WILL Lose AGAIN...I am sick of people thinking Middletown has no problems..open ur eyes people and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
MiddletownResident September 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I hope they dont give him any plea deal and they give him the max...I am sick of habitual offenders getting slapped on wrists....have seen it many many times..plea deal being 4 years mandatory and then them getting out after a few months...not cool in my book
John Cornelius December 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM
He didn't commit this murder alone! He had help and that evil man is out there with his metal shopping Cart strolling around north Middletown scrapping metal and asking for drugs! This is tru, bring that crack head in for questioning and I know he will quack quack
pop top January 14, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I have read the comments and i know the accused personally and I still don't think he committed this horrible crimes. His life was on the up and up. He had a job and was trying to reconnect with his daughter. Only thing I think he is guilty of is being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and trying to be a good friend.
Joe Cool April 24, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I hate addicts..lowest form of life


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