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Woman arrested after assaulting officers

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(Camden, NJ) – Officers responding to a dispute outside of a bar arrested a woman who punched and kicked one officer and spit on two other officers.

Around 1 a.m. Thursday, Officer Matthew Krol responded to Luby’s Bar on the 1200 block of Kaighns Avenue to investigate a disturbance. After arriving on the scene, Officer Krol observed several women holding back Nijaherie Scanes, 30, of Camden, who was trying to fight another woman. When Officer Krol attempted to intervene, Scanes punched and kicked him, including striking him in the face. Scanes also spit on Officer Daniel Kramer and Sgt. Terrell Watkins several times during her arrest.

Scanes was charged with Improper Behavior, Resisting Arrest and three counts of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer. She was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $15,000 cash or bond.

Suspect wanted for attempted murder caught by detectives

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(Camden, NJ) – A suspect who stabbed a woman during an armed robbery Sunday night was tracked down and arrested by detectives Wednesday night.

George White, 42, of Camden, was sought as the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred Sunday night at 6th and Cherry streets in which a man and a woman were stabbed and the woman was left in critical condition. The incident happened during the course of an illegal drug transaction.

Sergeant Robert Borger and Detective Sean Miller investigated the case and quickly identified White as the suspect. White was then located Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Louis and Jackson streets by Detectives Brian Razzi, Rafael Martinez Jr. and other members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force. He was placed under arrest without incident.

White has been charged with Attempted Murder, Robbery, Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Aggravated Assault, Witness Tampering and Terroristic Threats. He was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $1,585,000 cash or bond.

Officer of the Week – Melvin Fuentes

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This week, the Camden County Police Department recognizes the outstanding police work of veteran Officer Melvin Fuentes.

Officer Fuentes has served the City of Camden since 1996 when he joined the former city police department. He joined the Camden County Police Department in April 2013 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division in the city’s 2nd District in South Camden.

Officer Fuentes recently responded to a call about a domestic dispute in progress at a home on Filmore Street. After arriving at the scene, Officer Fuentes observed an individual inside the house brandishing a gun. Officer Fuentes chased the suspect inside the house and into the basement where he tried to discard the weapon. Officer Fuentes was able to apprehend the suspect without incident and then recover the weapon, a loaded .38 caliber revolver.

“The heroic actions taken by Officer Fuentes may have saved the lives of this suspect’s family as domestic violence incidents can turn deadly,” said Lt. Richard Verticelli.

We’re proud to recognize Officer Melvin Fuentes as Camden County Police Department Officer of the Week. Also nominated were Officers George Lewis and William Harris and Officers Luis Gonzalez, Joseph McGrath and Andrew Johnson.

Officer Melvin Fuentes

Missing person – Carmelo Rosario

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

Carmelo Rosario was reported missing last night from his home on the 700 block of Ferry Avenue. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5’7”, 110 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a gray Puma sweatshirt with a green T-shirt, black jeans and black Nike sneakers. He has never been reported missing before and is known to frequent Whitman Park, Woodlynne and the Cherry Hill Mall.

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

Carmelo Rosario

Officers of the week – Kenneth Ambrosia and Stephen Centrone

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The Camden County Police Department is proud to recognize a pair of officers – Kenneth Ambrosia and Stephen Centrone – for their outstanding work.

Officer Ambrosia joined the Camden County Police Department in December 2013 and Officer Centrone joined the department this past December. Both are assigned to the Neighborhood Response Team in the 3rd District covering East Camden and Cramer Hill.

On March 2, Officers Ambrosia and Centrone responded to the 7-Eleven store on the 3600 block of Federal Street to investigate a disturbance inside the store being caused by a man and a woman involved in a dispute. When the officers arrived, both the male and female had left. Officers Ambrosia and Centrone then circulated in the area and observed the male suspect walking near the corner of 36th and Rosedale. Upon investigation, the suspect was found to be in possession of a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun along with marijuana and illegal prescription pills.

“Officer Ambrosia and Centrone’s alert and intelligent actions led to the apprehension of an armed and dangerous suspect and they should be commended for their outstanding performance,” said Lt. Pasquale Giannini.

We honor Officers Ambrosia and Centrone as Camden County Police Department Officers of the Week. Also nominated were Officers Stephen Walters and Stephen Bezich.

Ambrosia and Centrone FB

Fugitive wanted for robbery arrested

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(Camden, NJ) – A fugitive wanted for a robbery was arrested after fleeing from officers Monday night.

Around 9 p.m. Monday, Officers Robert Fesi and Diana Deren were on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues on the 3000 block of Westfield Avenue when they observed Claude Rodriguez, 22, of Camden, outside of his home. Officers Fesi and Deren recognized Rodriguez from a robbery that occurred Sunday night around 10:30 p.m. Rodriguez fled from the scene and was subsequently arrested.

Rodriguez was charged with Robbery and Burglary and was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $175,000 cash or bond.

Information sought on attempted burglary suspects

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating a Feb. 19 attempted burglary at a home and is asking for help from the public to identify two suspects caught on surveillance video.

The crime occurred around 8 a.m. on Feb. 19 on the 1100 block of Kaighns Ave. Two suspects made several attempts to break into a home before fleeing the area. The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male wearing a black knit hat, dark blue or purple coat, tan Timberland boots and carrying a pink bag. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male wearing a black vest with a red shirt underneath and a purple hood with white stripes.

Video of the suspects attempting to break into the home can be seen on the Camden County Police Department Facebook page and at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvKHj7XSgHw&feature=youtu.be

Anyone with information about these suspects or this crime is asked to call the Camden County Police Department tip line at (856) 757-7042.

Missing person – Luis E. Rivera Jr.

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

Luis E. Rivera Jr., 35, was reported missing last night from his home on the 1200 block of N. 32nd Street. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5’8”, 200 pounds, with green eyes and black, crew cut hair. He also has a chinstrap beard and a “Camden” tattoo on his right arm. He is known to frequent Westfield Avenue.

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

Luis Rivera Jr.

Information sought on theft suspects

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating a Feb. 5 theft incident and asking for help from the public to identify two suspects caught on surveillance video.

The crime occurred around 1:40 p.m. on Feb. 5 on the 400 block of Williams Street. Two suspects got out of a white Ford van and took items from a utility truck including copper welding cable, an extension cord and copper connectors.

The first suspect is described as a black male, bald, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with blue Paul VI lettering, a black jacket and black pants. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male wearing a blue hoodie, gray pants and a bright yellow high-visibility jacket.

The suspects can be seen committing the crime on video posted on the department Facebook page and that accompanies this release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1lL0t-KpDg&feature=youtu.be

Anyone with information about these suspects or this crime is asked to call the Camden County Police Department tip line at (856) 757-7042.

PCP dealer grabs officer’s gun

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(Camden, NJ) – A Westville man who tried to disarm an officer while violently resisting arrest was caught Saturday night.

Officer Robert Shea was on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues in the area of Mount Ephraim Avenue and Dayton Street shortly after 8 p.m. when he observed a male and female suspect involved in a hand-to-hand drug transaction. Officer Shea approached to investigate and the male suspect – James Dorton, 30, of Westville – refused to cooperate and remove his hands from his pockets.

As Officers Shea, Stephen Walters and Aaron Roselli attempted to arrest Dorton, he resisted and struggled against them. During the struggle, Dorton grabbed the handle of Officer Shea’s gun in its holster, creating an extremely dangerous and volatile situation. The officers were able to place Dorton under arrest without further incident and during the arrest, Dorton was found to be in possession of PCP.

Dorton was charged with Resisting Arrest, Attempt to Disarm a Law Enforcement Officer and Possession of a CDS. He was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $115,000 cash or bond.

The female suspect – Amanda Martin, 21, of Philadelphia – was charged with Loitering to Commit a CDS Offense. She was issued a summons and released.

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