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Michael Huggins is one in every of 4 teenagers who escaped from an Atlantic County juvenile detention facility.(Photo: Provided)

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Michael Huggins arrested in Atlantic City. Press convention exterior Atlantic County Superior Court at 2:30 pm immediately with Prosecutor Tyner and legislation enforcement officers. 

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BRIDGETON – Multiple legislation enforcement companies proceed looking for a homicide suspect amongst 4 juveniles who escaped early Wednesday morning from the Harbor Fields Juvenile Detention Facility in Egg Harbor City after allegedly badaulting a guard.

Michael J. Huggins, 18, a resident of Reeves Road in Bridgeton, is the one escapee nonetheless at giant. The different three had been captured Wednesday, although no particulars have been launched on how they had been captured.

Huggins is below indictment in Cumberland County 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.

Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae stated the search was concentrated within the space of South Woods State Prison on South Burlington Road and Pamphylia Avenue.

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The juveniles in custody are Stephine Woodley, Raymir Lampkin and Donovan Nickerson. No additional data is being launched on them, together with the offenses that put them within the detention middle, as a result of they’re below 18.

Atlantic County Acting Sheriff Mike Petuskey instructed The Daily Journal on Wednesday that the juveniles wouldn’t return to the detention middle however can be lodged in a better safety facility in one other county.

Petuskey stated the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office can 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.

Petuskey stated authorities have no idea how the juveniles made it from Egg Harbor City to Bridgeton, since they crashed a automotive they stole in the course of the escape nearly instantly after taking it.

Petuskey referred questions on how the escape was completed to the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission. Harbor Fields is a county facility however state authorities manages it below contract.

Sharon Lauchaire, the general public data officer for the fee, was not out there for remark Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the juveniles overpowered a guard and drove off within the guard’s automotive. Two of the escapees reportedly had been of their underwear.

Petuskey stated the escapees deserted the automotive on St. Louis Avenue 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.

New Jersey State Police supported the search effort for Huggins with helicopters, Okay-9s, and its particular operations part’s TEAMS unit.

Numerous faculties within the Egg Harbor City space had been closed Wednesday as a precaution. Petuskey stated he firmly agrees that call was obligatory.

According to the Atlantic County web site, Harbor Fields at 800 Buffalo Avenue operates below the county Department of Public Safety. It has beds for eight females and 19 males. It accepts youths 12-18 years outdated.

Joseph P. Smith; @jpsmith_dj; 856-563-5252; [email protected]

 

 

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