Authorities Arrest 14 Fugitives in Atlantic County, Including Three Wanted for Homicide
Troopers with the New Jersey State Police and other law enforcement agencies were busy over the past few days as they arrested 14 fugitives in Atlantic County, including three people wanted for homicide and one for kidnapping.
Authorities say during a three-day operation, detectives from the State Police Fugitive Unit along with numerous other federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies targeted fugitives that were alleged violent criminals who had arrest warrants and were alleged to be involved in recent criminal activity in Atlantic and Ocean Counties.
From Wednesday, December 9th, through Friday, December 11th, 14 fugitives were apprehended across Atlantic County.
The following people were apprehended:
- Reinaldo Rodriguez-Garcia, 27, of Atlantic City - wanted for homicide
- Hanif Cooper, 34, of Atlantic City - wanted for homicide
- Razzaq Shannon, 29 of Atlantic City - wanted for homicide
- Deshaun Porter, 27, of Atlantic City - wanted for kidnapping; was found to be in possession of a stolen 9mm handgun.
- Shaquita Marshal, 37, of Atlantic City - wanted for aggravated assault
- Rasabahyt Bethea, 37, of Atlantic City - wanted for aggravated assault
- Lionel Dabney, 34, of Atlantic City - wanted for weapons offenses
- a juvenile male, 17, of Atlantic City - wanted for sexual assault
- Guy Lima, 42, of Pleasantville - wanted for assault
- Robert Lang, 37, of Pleasantville - wanted for burglary
- Phillip Britt, 53, of Pleasantville - wanted for various drug offenses
- Joseph Braun, 53, of Atlantic City - wanted for resisting arrest
- Maaziah Young, 25, of Galloway Township - wanted for parole violation for weapons offenses
- Julia Chamberlain, 61, of Atlantic City - wanted for various drug offenses
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said in a statement, "This collaborative operation once again demonstrates that law enforcement is strongest when we work together, in this case by apprehending violent fugitives from the Atlantic City area. By removing criminals who were wanted on charges ranging from murder to weapons offenses, we continue to make our communities safer. I commend the New Jersey State Police and all of our local, county, state and federal partners, including our Atlantic City Violent Crime Task Force and the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force."
Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, continued, "There is a tremendous amount of planning, coordination, intelligence sharing, and countless hours of work that occurs behind the scenes for an operation of this scope and magnitude. And while every minute spent would be worth it if we removed just one violent recidivist offender from the streets, this operation removed three men wanted for homicide, one for kidnapping, and several others for assault and weapons charges. Our mobile deployment initiatives have been extremely successful in making Atlantic and Ocean Counties safer, and this operation once again reinforces the commitment to our residents in those counties that we remain steadfast in our pursuit of violent offenders that threaten public safety."
Troopers say all 14 people were remanded to the Atlantic County Jail.