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Missing person – Carmen Garcia

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing adult from Whitman Park.

Carmen Garcia, also known as Carmen Barbosa, 52, was reported missing after she left her home on the 1300 block of Morton Street. She is described as a Hispanic female, 5’3”, 250 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. She has never been reported missing before and is known to frequent Whitman Park, Liberty Park and South Camden.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.

Carmen Garcia

Mount Ephraim Avenue carjackings

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is asking drivers in the city, particularly along Mount Ephraim Avenue, to be alert as there have been two carjackings in recent days.

On Sunday morning between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., a driver parked his car on the side of the road on the 2600 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue. Two black males, one brandishing a black handgun, approached the car and ordered the driver to exit the vehicle. The suspects then got into his car and drove away toward Ferry Avenue. The car is described as a silver, two-door 2000 Honda Accord, license plate number: Y26-AYG.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday, a victim waved down a Camden County Police officer and reported that she had just been carjacked. The victim was in her parked minivan with a male passenger near the corner of Mount Ephraim Avenue and Walnut Street when two black males, one brandishing a black handgun, entered the vehicle, assaulted the male and female, forced them out of the vehicle and then fled the scene in the minivan. The vehicle is described as a red, three-door 2000 Dodge Caravan, license plate number: U38-EBF.

Anyone with information about either of these crimes or the location of either vehicle is asked to call the Camden County Police Department tip line at (856) 757-7042.

Officers arrest three men on drug charges

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(Camden, NJ) – Officers arrested three individuals in Centerville Thursday who were involved in drug activity and seized a large quantity of heroin and crack cocaine.

Officer Hector Ramirez and Officer Charles Champion were on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues in the area of Van Buren and Ware streets Thursday morning. Around 11:30 a.m. the officers observed a hand to hand drug transaction at 612 Ware Street involving Alfredo Baez, 21, and John Jones, 62, both from Camden. Jones attempted to leave the area in a pickup truck but officers stopped the vehicle. Police investigated and arrested Jones and the driver, Nicholas Marziano, 20, of Evesham for possession of crack cocaine.

Officer Ramirez and Officer Champion then approached Baez at 612 Ware Street to investigate. Baez was found to be in possession of 150 bags of heroin, 330 bags of crack cocaine and six bags of marijuana.

Baez was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana Under 50 grams and two counts each of Possession of a CDS, Possession With Intent to Distribute and Possession With Intent to Distribute Within 1,000 feet of a School. He was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $125,000 cash or bond.

Marziano and Jones were each charged with Possession of a CDS. Marziano was released and Jones, who also had an outstanding warrant, was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $2,800 cash or bond.

Missing person – Michael Edwards

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing 15-year-old from Lanning Square.

Michael Edwards was reported missing Saturday night after he left his home on the 700 block of Berkley Street. He is described as a black male, 5’5”, 120 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans. He has never been reported missing before and may be in Pennsauken.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.

Michael Edwards

Officers of the Week – April 16, 2014

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The Camden County Police Department this week honors a pair of officers for their outstanding work as co-Officers of the Week – Sergeant Zsakhiem James and Officer Jarred Levenson.

Sergeant James began his law enforcement career more than two decades ago with the former Camden Police Department in 1993. Since 2007 he has had a K9 partner Zero, and together Sgt. James and Zero have set the state record for most arrests by a K9 unit – 66.

Officer Levenson joined the Camden County Police Department a year ago. Prior to becoming a Camden County Police officer, he spent one year with the Atlantic City Police Department.

Just after 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, Sergeant James and Officer Levenson went to the 1000 block of Morton Street to investigate a report about a man with dreadlocks wearing a white shirt and gray pants who was in possession of a gun. Sergeant James and Officer Levenson quickly identified a suspect matching that description. The man ran into a home and Sergeant James and Officer Levenson followed on foot, apprehending the suspect in a second-floor bedroom. He was found to be in possession of a Bryco Arms Model Jennings 9mm handgun as well as cocaine, heroin and marijuana. The suspect was charged with multiple gun and drug offenses.

“Sergeant James’ and Officer Levenson’s timely response, quick thinking and courageous actions to follow this armed and dangerous individual led to his arrest,” noted Lieutenant Scott Bogby.

For their efforts, we proudly recognize Sergeant James and Officer Levenson as Camden County Police Department Officers of the Week. Also nominated were Officers Bryan Blair and Luis Gonzalez.

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Residents advised not to leave unoccupied vehicles running following East Camden car thefts

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is asking residents of the Rosedale neighborhood in East Camden to be alert and not leave unoccupied vehicles running following a series of car thefts.

Six thefts between March 28 and April 9 fit a distinct pattern: all have occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on weekdays. In each case, the victim walked away from the parked vehicle with the engine running. When the victim returned, the vehicle was gone.

All of the crimes occurred within a relatively compact geographic area – between Beideman Avenue and 34th Street and Lemuel Avenue to Saunders Street. The incidents occurred on the 400 block of N. 32nd, 500 block of N. 32nd, 500 block of N. 34th, 600 block of N. 32nd, 3100 block of Rowe and 500 block of Beideman.

Residents of this area are advised to not leave their vehicles running while unoccupied and to report any suspicious activity immediately by calling the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.

Sexual predator charged for additional crimes

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(Camden, NJ) – Reynaldo Nieves, who is already in custody for sexual assaults committed on March 26 and April 2, was charged Monday for an attempted luring in March and for another sexual assault in November after the victim of that crime learned of his recent arrest and came forward.

On March 26, Nieves, 35, of Camden, lured a woman into an abandoned warehouse at 6th and Jackson streets where he brandished a knife and sexually assaulted her. On April 2, Nieves lured another woman into the same building where he brandished a handgun and sexually assaulted her. Following the April 2 crime, Nieves was quickly identified by police. He was arrested on April 3 on the 1500 block of Minnesota Road by Camden County Police detectives working with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

Since Nieves’ arrest, Camden County Police detectives have continued to vigorously investigate and have determined that he committed additional crimes.

On March 23, a man attempted to lure a 14-year-old girl who was walking near Dudley Grange Park at 32nd Street and Rosedale Avenue. A sketch of the perpetrator in that crime was generated and detectives noted the resemblance to Nieves. Their investigation has led to Nieves being identified as the perpetrator of that crime. He was charged Monday with one count of Attempted Luring.

The Nov. 24 sexual assault was reported to police at the time but the victim was reluctant to cooperate. Following the announcement last week that Nieves was in custody and the dissemination of his picture in the media, the victim came forward to cooperate with detectives. In that Nov. 24 incident, the female victim accompanied Nieves into the abandoned warehouse at 6th and Jackson streets where he choked, sexually assaulted and robbed her. Charges for this crime – two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault and one count each of Robbery, Making Terroristic Threats, Criminal Restraint and Aggravated Assault – were also filed Monday.

Nieves has been lodged at the Camden County Jail since April 3. His total bail now stands at $3 million cash or bond after being increased Monday by $150,000 for the March 23 crime and $850,000 for the Nov. 24 crime.

Camden County Police detectives are continuing to investigate Nieves and are asking anyone who might have been the victim of an attack by him or a witness to one of his crimes to call the CCPD Special Victims Unit at 856-757-7042.

Nieves photo and sketch FB

Willingboro woman armed with stun gun arrested after struggling with officers

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(Camden, NJ) – A woman who attacked another woman and then struggled against Camden County Police officers was arrested early Saturday in East Camden.

Just before 3 a.m. Saturday, Officer Steven Randall and Officer Abigail Pillot went to a home on the 2000 block of Berwick Street to investigate two women fighting. The officers observed Jacqualyn Gordon, 20, of Willingboro, attacking another woman and intervened. As they attempted to place Gordon under arrest, she violently struggled against them and spit on Officer Randall. Gordon was placed under arrest and found to be in possession of an illegal stun gun.

Gordon was charged with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Throwing Bodily Fluids at a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest and Simple Assault. She was remanded to the county jail with bail set at 10 percent of $10,000. She is also being held on outstanding warrants out of Cinnaminson, Palmyra and Willingboro totaling $4,633.

Abandoned buildings

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Abandoned buildings pose a significant safety issue in Camden. We urge residents dealing with an abandoned building where there may be criminal activity to report the situation.

If you believe a vacant home in your neighborhood int’s tip line at (856) 757-7042.

To request a board up or clean up at an abandoned property, call the Camden Department of Public Works at (856) 757-7034.

Buying new electronics – protect yourself

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Many people are eager to get the newest video game, tablet, cell phone, etc. on the day it is released. And many are buying these items as holiday gifts.

Thieves focus on these products and will wait for an unsuspecting target carrying the latest, most expensive device. Some steps to take when at the store and when exiting the store after one of these purchases:

- Shop with a friend or relative; you’re more vulnerable alone.

- Report suspicious people to the police or security. Inside the store this can be “customers” who are busier looking at what other people are buying than looking at products on display. Outside the store this can be people loitering near the entrance.

- Get online tracking for your new device set up in the store, before you walk out the door with it, if possible.

- When you exit the store, conceal what you’ve bought, and pay attention to other people nearby. Don’t walk away from the store distracted while using your new device.

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