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Man sought in woman’s overdose death is captured

Local News | May 05, 2014

Man sought in woman’s overdose death is captured

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A man sought in the drug-related death of a southern New Jersey woman has been arrested in North Carolina.

Ocean County prosecutors say 24-year-old Paul Robinson of Toms River was arrested Thursday night by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Mebane. He was being held there on $200,000 bail, awaiting an extradition hearing.

Robinson and two other men — 41-year-old Rufus Young of Freehold and 23-year-old Pedro Valentin Jr of Perth Amboy — face charges of manslaughter and strict liability for a drug-induced death.

The charges stem from the February 2013 death of a 23-year-old woman who was found unresponsive in a Toms River home. Authorities say empty bags of heroin and a needle were found near her.

An autopsy determined that she died from a negative reaction to heroin.