USA Today NetworkJoseph P. Smith, The (Vineland, N.J.) Daily Journal
Published eight:19 a.m. ET Nov. 16, 2017
BRIDGETON, N.J. — Police proceed to look Thursday for a homicide suspect, who with three different juveniles, escaped from a New Jersey juvenile detention facility Wednesday after allegedly badaulting a guard.
Michael J. Huggins, 18, from Bridgeton, N.J., is the one escapee from the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Facility in Egg Harbor City who has not been recaptured. The different three have been captured Wednesday, although no particulars have been launched on how they have been captured.
Huggins is beneath indictment in Cumberland County, N.J., on a homicide cost. He is accused within the Oct. 7, 2016, homicide of 21-year-old DeVante Lee in Bridgeton, which occurred when Huggins was 17.
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Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae stated the search was concentrated within the space of South Woods State Prison.
The juveniles in custody are Stephine Woodley, Raymir Lampkin and Donovan Nickerson. No additional info is being launched on them, together with the offenses that put them within the detention heart, as a result of they’re beneath 18.
Atlantic County Acting Sheriff Mike Petuskey stated Wednesday that the juveniles wouldn’t return to the detention heart however could be lodged in a better safety facility in one other county.
Petuskey stated the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office could be charging and prosecuting the escapees. Charges are anticipated to incorporate escape and aggravated badault, he stated. The badaulted guard was taken to a hospital and officers say he’s anticipated to be OK.
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Petuskey stated authorities have no idea how the juveniles made it from Egg Harbor City to Bridgeton, since they crashed a automobile they stole through the escape virtually instantly after taking it.
Petuskey referred questions on how the teenagers escaped to the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission. Harborfields is a county facility however state authorities manages it beneath contract.
Sharon Lauchaire, the general public info officer for the fee, was not obtainable for remark Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the juveniles overpowered a guard and drove off within the guard’s automobile. Two of the escapees reportedly have been of their underwear.
Petuskey stated the escapees deserted the automobile after hanging a Jeep after which a home.
Petuskey stated there have been no studies of a stolen automobile which may clarify how the fugitives coated the roughly 37 miles to Bridgeton.
Quite a lot of colleges within the Egg Harbor City space have been closed Wednesday as a precaution. Petuskey stated he firmly agrees that call was essential.
According to the Atlantic County web site, Harborfields operates beneath the county Department of Public Safety. It has beds for eight females and 19 males. It accepts youths 12-18 years outdated.
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