FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2020
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Atlantic City, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit coordinated a multi-agency fugitive sweep that led to the arrest of 14 fugitives wanted for various crimes in Atlantic and Ocean counties.
During the three-day mobile deployment initiative, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, Atlantic City Violent Crime Task Force, K-9 Unit, Casino Operations Unit along with members of the United States Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force – Atlantic City Division, Atlantic County Sheriff's Office, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Atlantic City Police Department, Pleasantville Police Department, Egg Harbor Township Police Department, New Jersey State Parole and the New Jersey Department of Corrections targeted fugitives—primarily alleged violent criminals—who had arrest warrants and were alleged to be involved in recent criminal activity in Atlantic and Ocean counties. The targets for the operation were identified through various investigative means including street level-intelligence, patrol advisories, and information provided by the New Jersey State Police Real-Time Crime Center South Unit.
From Wednesday, December 9, to Friday, December 11, a total of 14 fugitives wanted by state, county, and local law enforcement agencies were apprehended in various locations throughout Atlantic County. All suspects were lodged at the Atlantic County Jail.
The following individuals were apprehended:
Reinaldo Rodriguez-Garcia, 27, of Atlantic City, N.J.
Hanif Cooper, 34, of Atlantic City, N.J.
Razzaq Shannon, 29 of Atlantic City, N.J.
Deshaun Porter, 27, of Atlantic City, N.J.
Shaquita Marshal, 37, of Atlantic City, N.J.
Rasabahyt Bethea, 37, of Atlantic City, N.J.
Lionel Dabney, 34, of Atlantic City, N.J.
Juvenile Male, 17, of Atlantic City, N.J.
Guy Lima, 42, of Pleasantville, N.J.
Robert Lang, 37, of Pleasantville, N.J.
Phillip Britt, 53, of Pleasantville, N.J.
Joseph Braun, 53, of Atlantic City, N.J.
Maaziah Young, 25, of Galloway Township, N.J.
Julia Chamberlain, 61, of Atlantic City, N.J.
“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,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “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.”
“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,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “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.”
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