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Officers quickly locate and arrest armed man without incident

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(Camden, NJ) – Officers investigating a call about a man with a gun were able to quickly locate and arrest the suspect without incident Tuesday afternoon.

Around 12:15 p.m. Officers Joseph Olivo and Detective Lucas Murray responded to the area of 9th and Ferry to investigate a report about an armed man walking in the area. Officer Olivo quickly located the suspect – Jemere Burch, 24, of Camden – and observed a gun in his waistband. Officer Olivo and Detective Murray then worked together to mitigate the potential danger to others in the area by tactically approaching Burch and ordering him to the ground. Burch complied with the orders and was arrested without incident. He was found to be in possession of a loaded Lorcin L380 handgun.

Burch was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons. The Certain Persons charge was based on a prior weapons conviction. He was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $150,000 cash or bond.

From the launch of the Camden County Police Department on May 1, 2013, through June 30, 2015, officers responded to 4,212 calls for a person or persons with a gun – making 511 arrests and recovering 489 illegal guns. No officer discharged his or her weapon while responding to any of these dangerous situations.

“The officers who responded to this call neutralized the threat to public safety by following their training, which prioritizes safety and the sanctity of life. They showed true professionalism and restraint in resolving this potentially dangerous situation without incident,” said Deputy Chief Joseph L. Williams.

Stay safe – don’t drink and drive

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This coming holiday weekend, we remind everyone to never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, and never get in a car with a driver who has been drinking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 199 Americans lost their lives on July 4th in 2013 as a result of drunk driving.

This July 4th don’t add to the tragic statistics regarding drunk driving. Stay safe and legal and do not drink and drive.

Information sought on suspect caught on video firing a gun

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating an incident in which a suspect is seen on video firing a gun and is asking for the public’s help to identify the individual.

The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on June 6 near the corner of Newport and Thurman streets. The suspect – wearing dark clothing and white shoes – can be seen firing the weapon and then running from the scene on video posted on the department’s Facebook page and here on the Unsolved Crime Videos page http://camdencountypd.org/videogallery/6-6-15-newport-thurman-suspect-firing-weapon/

Anyone with information about this suspect or incident should call the Camden County Police Department tip line at: (856) 757-7042.

Information sought on suspect wanted for robbery

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating a robbery and asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect caught on surveillance video.

On May 29, officers responded to investigate a robbery that occurred around 3 a.m. near the corner of 24th and Carman streets. The female victim was approached by a man who demanded money and struck the victim before fleeing the area on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male with a chinstrap beard wearing a white collared shirt with thin blue stripes, dark colored pants and white Puma sneakers. He can be seen on video posted on the department’s Facebook page and here on the Unsolved Crime Videos page: http://camdencountypd.org/videogallery/5-29-15-24th-carman-robbery-suspect/

Anyone with information about this suspect should call the Camden County Police Department tip line at: (856) 757-7042.

Going away? Put your mail & deliveries on hold

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If you’re going away, even for just a day or two, fill out a form at the post office and get your mail delivery put on hold until you return. Burglars look for signs that homeowners are away in selecting homes to break into. A stuffed mailbox is an obvious clue to would-be thieves that no one is there. Also, if you subscribe to any newspapers, get delivery of those put on hold while you are away.

Protect yourself from identity theft

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There are many ways for people to obtain information about you and attempt to steal your identity – allowing them to drain your bank accounts, run up your credit cards and even apply for and receive new credit cards and loans in your name. Some steps you can take to make it harder for identity thieves to turn you into a victim:

Do not carry your Social Security card or birth certificate with you.

Do not use your birth date as a password.

Do not write down important passwords and carry them with you – memorize them.

Shred financial documents before throwing them out.

Check your credit card statements every month for unusual activity.

Never give out personal or financial information over the phone unless you initiated the contact.

If your purse or wallet is stolen, notify your bank, credit card company and the credit bureaus immediately, along with the police. In Camden, contact the CCPD at (856) 757-7400.

Information sought on sexual assault suspect

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that occurred Thursday and is asking the public for help identifying the suspect and for information regarding any other similar incidents.

Around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, a female victim was approached by a man who forced her behind a dumpster and then sexually assaulted her behind the Off Broadway Lounge on the 500 block of Spruce Street. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’7”, 170 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt, gray shorts, a black wave cap and high-top Nike Air Jordan sneakers with red and white soles.

Detectives are investigating reports of other assaults against female victims along the Broadway corridor in which drugs and/or prostitution have been a factor.

Anyone with information about the suspect in the incident Thursday or with information about any other assaults in the area should immediately call the Camden County Police Department tip line at: (856) 757-7042.

Blue Knight block party BBQ events rescheduled

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Due to the weather, today’s scheduled Blue Knight block party events at 4th & York and the 700 block of Everett Street have been rescheduled for tomorrow – Sunday, June 28 – at the same locations from 4-8 p.m.

Officers have saved 19 lives this month using Narcan

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(Camden, NJ) – Camden County Police Department officers have now saved the lives of 93 overdose victims by administering the anti-opiod medication Narcan, including 19 so far in June. One of the saves was made by an officer who just graduated from the police academy earlier this month.

Monday, officers made two saves in separate incidents. Shortly after 1 p.m., Officer Steve Sooy was on patrol in the area of 7th & Pine streets when he was advised about an unconscious man inside a parked pick-up truck. Officer Sooy quickly located the man, who was struggling to breathe and turning blue. Officer Sooy administered Narcan and the man began to regain consciousness after a few minutes. He was then taken to Cooper University Hospital. Then, just before 11:30 p.m., Officer Daryl Albert responded to the area of Mount Ephraim Avenue and Admiral Wilson Boulevard where a man was lying unresponsive on the ground and experiencing a heroin overdose. Officer Albert administered Narcan and the man regained consciousness before being taken to Cooper University Hospital for treatment.

On Saturday, June 20, officers responded to the corner of 7th and Kaighn where a man was lying unconscious on the ground after having used heroin. Officer Kevin Hiller administered Narcan and the victim immediately regained consciousness. He was then taken to Cooper University Hospital.

On Friday, June 19, Officer Scott Mulford responded to the area of 8th and Walnut to investigate a possible overdose. He quickly located a male victim lying on the ground behind a church. The victim, who had used heroin, was unresponsive with blue lips and struggling to breathe. Officer Mulford administered Narcan and the victim regained consciousness within a minute. He was then taken to Cooper University Hospital for further treatment.

On Wednesday, June 17, Officer Tyrrell Bagby responded to the corner of 5th and Mickle where a man experiencing a heroin overdose was unresponsive near a parking lot. Both EMS and Officer Bagby administered Narcan and the victim began to regain consciousness before being taken to Cooper University Hospital.

And on Monday, June 15, officers saved two lives in separate incidents. Around 1:20 p.m., officers on patrol in the area of 5th and Mickle responded to a truck that was pulled over with a male passenger inside who was unconscious and not breathing. Officer Alexander Palmer – who just joined the force after graduating from the Camden County College Police Academy earlier this month – quickly administered Narcan. The victim began to regain consciousness before being taken to Cooper University Hospital. Then around 4:15 p.m. that day, Officer Anthony Grandinetti responded to the area of 4th and Mount Vernon where an unresponsive man was in a schoolyard struggling to breathe. Officer Grandinetti administered Narcan and the victim began to breathe normally and became responsive before being taken to Cooper University Hospital for further treatment.

The city has seen an elevated number of heroin overdoses recently with at least 111 so far in June, including nine fatalities. The Camden County Police Department has issued public safety alerts about the danger to drug users purchasing narcotics in the city. Anyone with information about the distribution, sale or use of drugs should immediately call the department’s anonymous tip line at (856) 757-7042.

For information about addiction prevention, recovery treatment and other available services for drug users and families, including crisis hotline numbers, visit the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force website at addictions.camdencounty.com. For addiction help call the CRISIS hotline at 877-266-8222 or call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Missing person – John Allen

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

John Allen, 60, was reported missing tonight from the 500 block of Spruce Street. He is described as a black male, 5’7”, of thin build, light complexion and balding. He was last seen around 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Haddon Avenue and Cooper Street. He was wearing a purple T-shirt, khaki pants and white sneakers.

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

John Allen

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