published Monday, September 26th, 2011

4 arrested in beating death of Red Bank man

Sept. 26, 2011 - Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol speaks at a news conference today about four arrests Saturday in a murder and robbery in Red Bank that occurred late Friday or early Saturday.
Sept. 26, 2011 - Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol speaks at a news conference today about four arrests Saturday in a murder and robbery in Red Bank that occurred late Friday or early Saturday.
Photo by John Rawlston.

Three teenagers and one 27-year-old man have been charged in connection with the fatal beating of a Red Bank man over the weekend.

Zachary Hughes, 19, Jeremy Reinig, 27, and Markel Mitchell, 16, have each been charged with one count of criminal homicide and one count of especially aggravated burglary in the death of 27-year-old Jordan Collins of 3710 Redding Road, Red Bank police said today.

Hughes, Mitchell and Lorenzo Bell, 19, have each been charged with one count of fraudulent use of a credit card, police said.

All four live in Red Bank, police said.

A little after 8 a.m. Saturday, police found the body of Collins lying in a pool of blood inside his home, police said. He’d been beaten to death.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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dragonagerogue said...

this is frightening for red bank! although this may have been an isolated incident involving people that knew the victim, i can say that i feel like red bank has seen a major increase in crime!!! i know of more then one person that has had their car AND houses robbed!!! furthermore, the house that was involved in this incident had people coming and going all the time, were playing loud explicit music, and were partying often...why did the police never investigate this house to begin with??? why didnt neighbors call the police and speak out about the disturbance?? in my humble opinion, red bank citizens and police are letting their guard down and it was only a matter of time before something of this tragic nature occurred!!!

September 26, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
Redlegs11 said...

I will tell you what is frightening....idiots like you who make up garbage about people coming and going all the time and explicit music and partying often. A person minding his own business in his own home is robbed and murdered by a bunch of gutless thugs and then an idiot like YOU wants to throw a bunch of LIES out there for no other reason I can assume but to draw attention to yourself. You have some serious issues. In my humble opionion, some computer store is letting its guard down by selling you a computer so you can post crap like this and it is only a matter of time before somebody tragic happens to failing 6th grade again! Idiot!

September 26, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.

Go back to playing your World of Warcraft dragon. Your prose is shouting!!!!!!! And you do not cite evidence except this case for trashing Red Bank, for I know more than one resident of that town is armed and ready.

This is a definitely a sign of the times, but needlessly whining like you are doing does nothing to help. I would like for you to tell me where and even when "more than one person got their house and car robbed."

It seems that the Normandy apartments are the real culprit.

September 26, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.

Get 'em redlegs!

September 26, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
jessica1988 said...

let me tell you lady!! I was the victims bestfriend and it was not a party house.we minded our own business and only several of friends went over there, music could of got loud but all you have to do is ask to turn it down. So apparently it wasnt that bad or police would have already been there..people can mind their own business. thanks

September 26, 2011 at 3:24 p.m.
soddylakers said...

If you know so much about the music and disturbances why didn't you report it??? You say neighbors let their guard down but obviously you know alot about it!

September 26, 2011 at 3:33 p.m.
bbeforec said...

what ever happened to making examples.

September 26, 2011 at 3:52 p.m.
dragonagerogue said...

redlegs, i have all the sympathy in the world for the young man that was beaten, his life taken. one of those "ruthless thugs" you mentioned was in fact his old roommate according to the times free press. what is more, the point of my post and my opinion was to point out a bigger problem with crime in red bank, not specifically a problem with that house or for that matter jordan collins since I will be the first to admit that I did not know that young man.

September 26, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.
Redlegs11 said...

If that was the case Dragon boy, then you would have kept your comments to red bank and crime, but had to fabricate some crap about loud explicit music. You did mention that house and specifically a problem with it, and it is obvious you are simply repeating a lie that someone else told. My problem is with people who simply open their mouths and speak before they even think, and I put you in that category. Think before you try to implicate or imply something you know nothing about since it can be hurtful. People should put themseleves in other people's shoes and think before they put insinuate something. "If this was my son or friend or brother or sister, and I said what I am about to say, would it bother me?" For you to imply that there was a problem with the house adn this young man without anything to back it up, really makes you look like an insensative fool.

September 26, 2011 at 4:12 p.m.
dragonagerogue said...

i apologize, i was not trying to be insensitive to him or his family. I honestly do feel horrible that this happened, all I was trying to do was use this as an example to point out a bigger problem with CRIME inside REDBANK!

September 26, 2011 at 4:17 p.m.
papergirl said...

Redlegs, I can only assume you did not watch this story on the news the comments dragon made were only things repeated from the news story. Please understand nobody is accusing your friend of anything. I believe all of these people are just expressing their sadness that such a thing happened and also a genuine concern about the crime in Red Bank and surrounding areas for that matter. Deepest regrets and sadness that this young man had to endure such cruelty. I hope we see justice served on his behalf and the men that did this get what is coming to them.

September 26, 2011 at 4:25 p.m.
MountainFire said...

It is true, we had a string of break-ins on our street not long ago. they were breaking open car windows. I live in Red Bank and this does worry me. If you have an issue with your neighbors however just call the police and have them come out it's their job to deal with disturbances and other things going on.

September 26, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.
needstobesaid said...

I realize this is a very tough time for friends and family of this young man but facts are facts, I can throw a tennis ball from my front porch to Mr. Collins' front yard (and I'm pretty old)and there has indeed been loud explicit music coming from the property as well as what sounded like fighting on several occasions. Redlegs, just because you weren't there didn't mean it didn't happen. Once again, I'm not trying to be a jerk in this tough time but it needstobesaid that what dragonagerogue said is, in fact, true. It is also true that I absolutely regret not notifying the police. The police have been called on my immediate neighbors after the "gentleman" beat his wife to a pulp but nothing was done, no arrests, nothing. My faith in the RBPD has taken serious hits recently...and I even want to become one.

September 26, 2011 at 6:39 p.m.
Justreading said...

Is this Jordan McKinley Collins that was convicted of selling or possessing drugs without a prescription? Public record, look it up. Where there is smoke there is, well, I'm sure you get the picture now, right?

September 26, 2011 at 6:59 p.m.
heartbroken said...

heartbroken said...

I'm a heartbroken family member 200 miles away awaiting final arrangements for a sweet, young man whose life was ended by evil people who have no conscience. Your judgmental comments are misguided and blaming others instead of the murderers is wrong. Unless you've ever had a loved one senselessly killed, stop judging and start praying for the family and friends. September 26, 2011 at 8:57 p.m

September 26, 2011 at 9:04 p.m.
SexyBT said...

If there was explicit music it dont give them a reason to take his life. And u people need to stop stop judging.

To the family sorry for your loss..

September 26, 2011 at 10:20 p.m.
mshazel40 said...

It is sad this happened.I have Family in Redbank.The crime rate is up everywhere.people are getting into doing things more.Their losing their Jobs and turning to Drugs and they just go wherever they please.We won't ever really know what happened that night but I can say this those guys shouldn't have killed him.we can talk about it all we want but we can't bring that Young Man back.I'm concerned just like everyone else and I know someone's going to say we don't care what you have to say.But I just wanted to say something.

September 26, 2011 at 10:42 p.m.
needstobesaid said...

I agree with "sexybt" in the fact that "explicit music don't give them the right to take his life" however it is about the company he kept. He was 27 years old, old enough to decide who was a friend and who wasn't. This young man DID NOT deserve his fate. Once again facts are facts. He kept bad company (the roommate) and he was let down by justice(RBPD). But let's be real here you can't blame anyone person or judicial system. This young man made his choices and paid the ultimate price. I just wish I could've done something. I don't know what other than call the RBPD but that didn't do any good with my neighbors...and I didn't even make that call, someone else did. I shouldn've done something, I know that now...much too late. I apologize deeply to all those involved.

September 27, 2011 at 12:38 a.m.
Redlegs11 said...

Ok hear loud music and something that sounds like fighting. All of this is justification for this young man getting beat to death? Its all about the company he kept, huh? This young man made his choices and paid the ultimate price. Exactly what choices did he make? For all we know, he reached out to a troubled young man who didn't have any other place to stay and this is what it got him. You hear loud music and kids having fun on their own property and something like this happens and all of a sudden he got what he deserved. He chose it. You say you didn't do anything and you apologize for that. Well, I think you have done plenty with your innuendo here. I know you are old, you admit that...but that doesn't give you the right to cast asperations on a situation that you truly have no understanding of.

Why is it that every time something like this happens (the two kids killed by the train in Sale Creek for example) eveyrone has to jump to every bad conculsion possible in order to make some sense of it. When people break into someone's house and do something like this, there is no understanding for it. And for you to try to continue to cast blame about company kept or making bad choices....I have to tell you, it really shows an ignorance that is beyond description here. I'm sure you have had people pass through your life who most wouldn't consider good company, so I guess if one of them showed up with a crowbar to your hosue...well, under your way of thinking, you got what you deserved. For your own sake, just keep your mouth shut...afterall, according to you, you did that really well.

September 27, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
needstobesaid said...

Redlegs, it's becomming clear that your grief is clouding your judgement on what you are reading. No one is passing judgement, no one has said anything even remotely resembling that Mr. Collins deserved what he got. You say "Why is it that every time something like this happens (the two kids killed by the train in Sale Creek for example) eveyrone has to jump to every bad conculsion possible in order to make some sense of it." Well, why do you do the same thing on here? (as for the two "kids", one was a 30 something year old man and the other was a 19ish year old kept issue there for her I believe as well). I certainly hope Mr Collins was the sort of young man this world needs that would reach out to those less fortunate. There aren't enough people like that this day and age BUT there's a reason for that. This sort of thing happens too often to people that reach out. I certainly wouldn't do it the same way I didn't call the RBPD. Can you imagine the backlash I would've gotten had I called? Also, if he was such a great person as you are trying to convince us I don't think he would want you being childish and calling strangers names and acting like a brat, stomping your feet and slamming doors on the internet. It makes you less credible as a well less respectable as a grieving friend.

September 27, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.
Redlegs11 said...

I will tell you what is becoming clearer and are simply trying to insert yourself into a bad situation by offering two cents that isn't even worth that much. You live close to a murder scene so you feel like you have to insert yourself somehow or someway into it. You were probably the clown they interviewed on the TV the other day saying the same crap about loud music and people coming and going. All I am trying to "converse" with you about is that if you didn't know the guy, and despite the fact he was your neighbor, you never took the time to do that, then why would you try to associate loud music and people coming and going in a negative way to where it comes across as you saying this kid somehow or anotehr deserved what he got. Whether that is your intention or not, that is the way it comes across.

I have not said anything about this person being a great person. I don't know him. But obviously you didn't either. People are at my house all the time and sometimes my music is a little loud, but my neighbors have never complained. Of course, I have taken the time to get to know my neighbors. If you are going to live next to someone, it just seems that reaching out and saying hi every once in a while would be worth the effort imo. Maybe not in Red bank.

The fact you once again question company kept about the 19yo girl killed on the railroad (he was not 30something BTW, but don't let any sort of fact get in the way of telling your story)tells a lot about you. I do, in fact, know the family of the fella that was killed on the railroad track and your belief that company kept was an issue is way off the mark there. I dare say, under your guidelines, that I could spend about a week with you and find someone that you keep company with that would justify something bad happening to you.

I am not a grieveing friend, again I don't know this young man, but I am sick and tired of people throwing out theories and trying to insert themselves vicariously into situations with stupid things like "they played loud music and people came and went to the house" is that even part of this conversation.

You say you hope this Mr. Collins was the sort of young man who cared for less fortunate. Too bad you were not a better neighbor and could have found out for yourself.

September 28, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.
jessica1988 said...

Im about to go off on every single body making these comments about his house and as for the record of just didnt go there..that is none of your is people like you that have that mouth and thats all im gonna say..u keep that mouth quiet about jordan and mind your own business..u dont know the first thing about people have nothin better to do besize run your mouth about nobody you know nothing about just shut up about it

September 28, 2011 at 10:48 a.m.
jessica1988 said...

like i said im jordans friend and im one of the friends that went there so if you really want to be nosy and so concerned ask me

September 28, 2011 at 10:50 a.m.
jkwilkes said...

Justreading - there was NO conviction and the incident you are referring to was 9 years ago. You need to have your facts straight and even if you had them correct, why do you feel the need to post something like this? There are a lot of people hurting over this and the impact will be felt for years. And most who are directly affected will never truly get over it. You obviously are not one of those. You should be ashamed to post something like you posted and if you have an ounce of compassion for your fellow man you will remove it.

September 29, 2011 at 10:35 a.m.
Justreading said...

A diversion? You want to banter over a diversion? Well pardon me Matlock, I stand corrected. Now that I am wrong lets establish something,a diversion basically means, you and I both know I'm guilty but this is my first big screw up, hey Judge can I get a 2nd chance? Why do I feel the need to post this? Maybe its the same need the rest of these folks feel to attack this other poster. They guy has a established drug history and had traffic coming and going as stated from numerous sources. It doesn't take a mental giant to figure out what went on here.

October 2, 2011 at 1:25 a.m.
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