Friday, August 22, 2014

Atlantic City Man Sentenced to 10-years for Armed Robbery of Pizza Delivery Driver

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man was sentenced today for his part in the 2012 armed robbery and assault of a pizza delivery driver in Atlantic City, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
Jamil Ragsdale, now 19, of the 900 block of Magellan Avenue, Atlantic City, was sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State prison for an armed robbery committed when he was 17 years old.
After midnight on January 16, 2012, Atlantic City Police responded to the Domino’s Pizza Shop on Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, to investigate the report of an armed robbery. They found delivery driver Muhammed Bilal bleeding from head and face injuries, including a broken nose, and ordered him transported by ambulance to the Atlantic City Medical Center—City Campus.

Bilal reported that he had been dispatched earlier with a pizza order to an address on the 700 block of North Maryland Avenue, where he was confronted upon arrival by a group of men wearing masks, one of them armed with what appeared to be an “M16 type” rifle. Bilal said that the armed man “racked” a round into the chamber, and that another man wearing brass knuckles struck him in the face and head repeatedly.
The men robbed Bilal of $460.00 in cash, his cellphone, and the pizza order.
An investigation by the Atlantic City Police Department led to the arrests, on February 22, 2012, of three juvenile males for the robbery: Jamil Ragsdale, then 17, Donte Ford, also 17, of the 900 block of Magellan Avenue, Atlantic City, and Shakeem Roberts, 16, of the 900 block of Virginia Avenue.
On June 5, 2012, jurisdiction in the matter was waived to Superior Court, Law Division – Criminal Part, where the three defendants would be prosecuted as adults.
Bail was set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge James L. Jackson at $100,000 cash, and the three were ordered to be lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in default of bail.
According to a negotiated plea agreement, both Donte Ford and Shakeem Roberts pled guilty to 2nd degree robbery earlier this year, and were sentenced on Mar. 21st and April 15th, respectively, to 5 years of incarceration in New Jersey State prison.
Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Ford and Roberts must each serve 85% of the sentence, or 4 years and 3 months, before becoming eligible for parole. The sentence includes 3 years of parole supervision after release.
On June 19, 2014, after a three-day trial, an Atlantic County jury found Ragsdale guilty of armed robbery—a 1st degree crime, conspiracy to commit armed robbery—a 2nd degree crime, and aggravated assault—a 2nd degree crime.
The court found that Jamil Ragsdale was the man armed with the rifle.
Today, Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Albert Garofolo sentenced Ragsdale to a 10 year aggregate sentence of incarceration in New Jersey State prison. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), he must serve 85% of the sentence—8 1⁄2 years in prison—before becoming eligible for parole.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Donna Fetzer represented the State in the case.

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 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 Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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