April 2, 2013 |
The 80-year-old Bellmawr woman was getting into her car Sunday morning, having finished Easter breakfast at the Metro Diner on Route 130 in Brooklawn. It was around 10:40 a.m. and her family had just left when a man ran up, dragged her out of her car by an arm, and drove off. He was apparently fleeing after being recognized by employees at a nearby Rite Aid where he had shoplifted twice in two days, Brooklawn police said. The man had stolen merchandise around 6 p.m. Saturday from the drugstore directly adjacent to the diner, and returned early Sunday to do it again, Brooklawn officer John Gundle said.
March 23, 2013
DOVER, Del. - Delaware state police have charged five teenagers in the carjacking and kidnapping of an 89-year-old Lincoln woman. Margaret E. Smith was locked in the trunk of her car for almost two days before being dumped at a cemetery east of Seaford, where she was found Wednesday morning wandering around the graves, police said. Police spotted Smith's car in Bridgeville later that day and took the five juveniles into custody. Investigators determined Smith's ordeal began after two girls approached her at a Milford convenience store and asked for a ride.
March 16, 2013
A third Camden man has pleaded guilty in the fatal 2011 carjacking that began in the Taj Mahal casino parking garage in Atlantic City. Raheem Simmons, 19, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of felony murder and accepted a plea arrangement that carries a sentence of 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole. Two codefendants previously pleaded guilty in the murder: Eric S. Darden, 21, last December; and Phillip L. Byrd, 21, who on Wednesday in Superior Court in Atlantic City admitted he was the gunman.
February 22, 2013 |
Authorities were searching Thursday for a man suspected of committing two carjackings and two attempts in Camden and Collingswood within about 15 minutes Wednesday. Between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m., the man demanded that a nurse at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden hand over her car keys as she walked to a parking lot, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden and Collingswood police. The woman refused twice and continued walking toward a shuttle bus for hospital staff.
February 14, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner. Clad in camouflage from head to toe and wearing a bulletproof vest packed with ammunition, the most wanted man in America over the last week was just a few feet away, having emerged from a grove of trees holding a large, assault-style rifle. As teams of officers who had sought the fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer since last week were closing in, Dorner pointed the gun at Heltebrake and ordered him to get out of his truck.
February 3, 2013 |
The last three of the four Philadelphia men who carjacked and killed a Russian immigrant were sentenced Friday to state prison. The men kidnapped Lyudmila Burshteyn, 57, from Philadelphia on Sept. 2, 2009, pistol-whipped her, and shot her in a secluded field in Mansfield Township, Burlington County. Robby Willis, 29, received life plus 40 years, while Marcus White, 29, got life plus 10 years. A jury convicted the two last year of murder and other charges. Kareem Harrison, 22, who earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and then testified against the others, got 30 years.