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Three NJ Men Indicted on Weapons, Robbery, Conspiracy Charges in Connection to Harborfields Detention Center Escape

By kcora on
New Jersey

A grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against three men in connection with the escape from Harborfields Detention Center, and other related crimes, that occurred on November 15, 2017, in Egg Harbor City, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Authorities indicted Michael J. Huggins, 19 (Bridgeton), Stephine Woodley, 18 (Brotmanville), and Raymir Lampkin, 16 (Atlantic City), for the following:

* Second degree Escape and Conspiracy

* Second degree Robbery and Conspiracy

* Third degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Conspiracy

* Third degree Theft and Conspiracy (2 counts of each)

* Second degree Eluding and Conspiracy

* Second degree Burglary and Conspiracy (2 counts of each)

* Third degree Unlawful Possession of a Rifle and Conspiracy

* Third degree Criminal Restraint and Conspiracy

* Second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose

* Second degree Possession of a Community Gun for an Unlawful Purpose

Officials said the three individuals are alleged to have conspired with an unnamed juvenile in committing the above offenses.

In addition, Michael J. Huggins, 19, was also indicted for the following:

* Third degree Resisting Arrest by Force

* Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun

* Fourth degree Tampering with Physical Evidence

According to authorities, on November 15, 2017, four teenagers broke out of the juvenile detention center in Egg Harbor City by overpowering a Senior Youth Worker, and then left the grounds by taking another Youth Worker’s vehicle. One Youth Worker was injured and taken to a hospital. The teens later crashed the car and ditched it ahead of a pursuing police cruiser.

Several hours later, three of the youths, including Woodley and Lampkin were captured in Bridgeton, in Cumberland County. Police apprehended Huggins the following day near Carolina Village Apartments in Atlantic City.

Agencies who assisted in the search for and apprehension of the four individuals were the New Jersey State Police, the Atlantic City Police Department, the Bridgeton Police Department, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Marshals Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.