UPDATE: Atlantic City Teen Pleads Guilty Following Harborfields Detention Center Escape
An Atlantic City teen who was involved in an escape from Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center in November 2017, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to multiple charges, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Officials say Raymir Lampkin, 17, pleaded guilty to Second degree Escape, Two counts of second degree Burglary, and First degree Attempted Murder. As part of the terms of the plea agreement Lampkin will serve 6 years flat for second degree Escape, consecutive to 5 years, must serve 85% on one burglary, and consecutive to 5 years must serve 85% on the second burglary, subject to the No Early Release Act. The agreement further calls for Lampkin to serve 13 years, must serve 85 percent, subject to NERA. Lampkin is in custody in the Essex County juvenile detention facility.
According to authorities, on September 19, 2016, a vehicle traveling south on New Jersey Avenue in Atlantic City was fired upon by a juvenile male, later identified as Raymir Lampkin. Two persons occupied the car that was the subject of the shooting. The driver was not physically injured, but the front seat passenger of the vehicle was targeted with multiple shots and struck with gunfire.
Officials say police located the vehicle with significant gunfire damage to the passenger side, which caused both the rear and front seat passenger windows to shatter completely. Blood was observed in the front passenger seat of vehicle, where Roberts had been sitting. Roberts underwent surgery during which time a projectile (bullet) was removed from his back. Lampkin was identified as the shooter, and subsequently charged with attempted murder, serious-bodily injury aggravated assault and related handgun offenses.
Authorities say on November 15, 2017, four teenagers assaulted a staff member of the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center and escaped by stealing another staff member’s vehicle. The teens later crashed the stolen vehicle and ditched it ahead of a pursuing police cruiser. While fleeing custody on foot, the teens burglarized two homes in Egg Harbor City. One burglary was of an unoccupied home, during which Lampkin and his codefendants stole a rifle and clothes. Armed with the loaded gun and additional ammunition stolen from the first home, Lampkin and his codefendants burglarized a second home that was occupied at the time by a woman and her two children.
Several hours later, three of the youths, including Lampkin, were captured in Bridgeton, in Cumberland County.
The fourth was apprehended the following day near Carolina Village Apartments in Atlantic City.
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.