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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.

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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