(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing 14-year-old from Parkside.
Imani Lewis was reported missing Tuesday night from her home on the 1200 block of Magnolia Avenue. She is described as a black female, 5’5”, 130 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair with shoulder length braided extensions with burgundy, black and brown highlights. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, gray boots and two backpacks – one black and red and the other black and pink. She has been reported missing once before and is known to frequent Whitman Park, particularly Morton Street and Mount Ephraim Avenue.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.
April 15, 2014
(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.April 15, 2014
(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.
April 15, 2014
(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.April 15, 2014
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.April 14, 2014
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.April 13, 2014
(Camden, NJ) – A suspect in possession of a semi-automatic handgun and heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana was arrested late Thursday in Whitman Park.
At 11:58 p.m. Thursday, Officer Bryan Blair stopped a car on the 1100 block of Jackson Street for a motor vehicle infraction. Upon investigation, driver Kenneth Holmes, 35, of Gibbstown, was found to be in possession of a Glock .22 semiautomatic handgun which was loaded with 13 hollow point bullets. Holmes was also found to be in possession of multiple bags of heroin and crack cocaine and vials of marijuana.
Holmes was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Possession of Hollow Point Bullets, Possession of a Weapon While Committing a CDS Offense, two counts of Possession of a CDS (heroin and crack cocaine), one count of Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams and three counts of Possession With Intent to Distribute.
Holmes was remanded to the county jail with his bail set at $78,250 cash or bond. He is also being held on outstanding municipal warrants from Pennsauken, Collingswood, Greenwich and East Greenwich totaling $1,831.April 12, 2014
(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is asking for help from the public to identify the suspect in a carjacking that happened Friday morning in East Camden.
At 7:30 a.m., the female victim was sitting inside her car, a gold Lexus RX3, which was parked on the 3100 block of High Street. A black male of medium complexion wearing blue capri pants approached the car and pulled the victim out of the vehicle. The suspect then got into the car and drove away toward Rosedale Avenue.
The vehicle was later involved in a theft of gasoline at the Citgo station on Admiral Wilson Boulevard at 1:30 p.m. The car was located by Camden County Police officers at 5:30 p.m. at 100 N. Dudley Street where it was parked and unoccupied.
Anyone who has information about this suspect should immediately call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.
April 12, 2014
(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing 15-year-old from Lanning Square.
Zebedee Matthews was reported missing Friday night from his home on the 600 block of Benson Street. He is described as a black male, 5’6 ½”, 115 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing black jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt. He has been reported missing twice before.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.
April 11, 2014
The Camden County Police Department is honors Officer Lucas Murray as its newest Officer of the Week.
Officer Murray joined the department as a police recruit last summer before graduating from the Camden County Police Academy in December. He is assigned to the Neighborhood Response Team in the city’s 1st District.
While on foot patrol on April 3 in the area of 5th and Grant streets, Officer Murray was investigating drug activity and arrested a suspect from Stratford who was in possession of 132 prescription pills packaged in small bags. The suspect was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Prescription Legend Drugs.
Officer Murray also joined other Camden County Police officers, including 1st District NRT members, in engaging with the public at last week’s Meet Your Officers event at Cooper’s Poynt School where he handed out donated books and played football with neighborhood children.
“Officer Murray continues to learn every day and is grasping several aspects of the job at an accelerated rate,” said Captain Joseph Saponare.
For his proactive patrol work and consistent community engagement, the department is proud to recognize Officer Lucas Murray as Officer of the Week. Also nominated were Officer Christian Jeffries and Officer Jonathan Walsh.
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