An Oceanport man has been charged with robbery, theft and simple assault after punching a West Long Branch Shop Rite employee who attempted to apprehend him after he attempted to steal food from the grocery store.
Ryan Smith, 28, allegedly tried to steal filet mignon, uncooked shrimp and lump crab meat from the Route 36 Shop Rite on March 28, when the unnamed employee attempted to stop him. The employee suffered a "minor injury" to the left side of the face.
The items Smith attempted to steal were valued at just over $233.
Smith was lodged in Monmouth County Jail where his bail was set at $15,000.
Smith is scheduled to appear in Monmouth County Superior Court on April 17.