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February 14, 2013 | By Greg Risling and Tami Abdollah, Associated Press
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.
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February 3, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 22, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 21-year-old Camden man has pleaded guilty for his role in a deadly 2011 carjacking from the Trump Taj Mahal casino garage in Atlantic City. Eric S. Darden will be sentenced to 40 years for felony murder in a plea deal accepted by Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday. Darden must serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole. The charge indicates complicity in events that led to the fatal shooting of Sunil Rattu, 28, of Old Bridge, N.J., but not to the homicide itself, authorities said.
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November 29, 2012
A Clementon man was charged Wednesday in two carjackings committed in the last two weeks in Camden County. George Meyers, 43, was arrested by Lindenwold police after he tried to hijack two vehicles at knifepoint early Wednesday, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. He has been charged with kidnapping and carjacking. Further charges are expected. About 8:40 a.m. Nov. 14, Meyers, with a box cutter, approached a driver at a traffic light at Branch Avenue and Blackwood-Clementon Road in Pine Hill, authorities said.
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June 10, 2012 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police say a group of masked teenagers carjacked a woman Thursday night in the Cherry Hill Mall parking lot. Around 10:15 p.m., a 41-year-old woman from Cherry Hill, and a 36-year-old woman from Mount Royal, were walking to their cars after having dinner at Season 52, when four young men in masks and dark clothing approached, said Detective Sgt. Joseph Vitarelli. One of suspects pointed a handgun at the women, demanding their car keys, cell phones and purses, police said.
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June 5, 2012 | By Darran Simon and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden man who pleaded not guilty last week in connection with a fatal Atlantic City casino carjacking in September was arraigned today in other fatal shootings two months earlier. Phillip L. Byrd, 21, is charged in the deaths of Camden residents Antwan Brown and Travon Kinard, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. The men were shot in the head on the evening of July 26, 2011, as they sat in a Pontiac Grand Prix on the 1100 block of Mechanic Street, according to officials.
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June 2, 2012 | Darran Simon
3 Camden men plead not guilty in casino killing Three Camden men charged in a fatal casino carjacking in Atlantic City in September pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Superior Court in Atlantic County to felony murder, kidnapping, robbery, weapons offenses, and other charges. Phillip L. Byrd, 21; Eric Darden, 20; and Raheem D. Simmons, 18, were indicted in April in the kidnapping and fatal shooting of 28-year-old Sunil Rattu, of Old Bridge, Middlesex County. Rattu was shot twice in the head in the backseat of his vehicle on Sept.
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May 25, 2012 | By George Anastasia and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MAYS LANDING, N.J. — Describing him as "cruel, depraved, and remorseless," a Superior Court judge sentenced Craig Arno to 120 years in prison Thursday for the brutal kidnapping and murder of an Atlantic City casino patron two years ago. During a highly charged sentencing hearing in Superior Court, Judge Michael Donio told the Atlantic City man he had to be "taken out of society for the rest of [his] natural life," noting that the sentence for murder, kidnapping, aggravating arson, and robbery would require Arno to serve 102 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.
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May 1, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Authorities say two elderly New Jersey sisters scared off an armed would-be carjacker by hitting him and screaming. Hamilton Township police say the women - ages 93 and 94 - had been shopping Saturday at a drug store in the Mercer County community. When they got in their car, they found Sergio Fernando Solorzano-Vasquez, 27, of Trenton, in the back seat, waving a knife in a threatening manner. The 94-year-old behind the wheel threw her arm back and hit the man while her sister started screaming.
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