PLEASANVTILLE – A juvenile male from Sicklerville was arrested this morning for the shooting death three months ago of a Pleasantville juvenile, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
Pleasantville Police responded on Friday, August 7, 2015, to the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue in Max Manning Park, for a report of a body found lying in the field. Upon arrival, police found the dead body of 17-year-old Pleasantville male.
An autopsy performed the next morning by Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office Dr. Gerald Feigin determined that the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, and that the manner of death was homicide.
The three-month investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit Detective James Scoppa and Pleasantville Police Department Detective Sergeant Christopher Taggart led to the arrest this morning of a 17-year-old male from Sicklerville, New Jersey.
The juvenile was arrested today without incident at his Sicklerville school with the assistance of the Gloucester Township Police, and turned over to the custody of Major Crimes and Pleasantville detectives, on charges authorized by Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain for murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. The juvenile was lodged in the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center, Egg Harbor City.
A first appearance in Atlantic County Superior Court—Family Division is scheduled for tomorrow.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666, or the Pleasantville Police Department at (609) 641-6100.
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.