3 who escaped juvenile detention facility indicted
MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic County grand jury has indicted two men and a juvenile who set off a South Jersey manhunt Nov. 15, 2017 when they and a fourth male escaped from a juvenile detention facility in Egg Harbor City.
They were all captured within two days, including Bridgeton resident and murder suspect Michael J. Huggins, 19, who was found in Atlantic City.
At the time of the escape, Huggins was under indictment in Cumberland County on charges of first-degree murder and robbery in the October 2016 shooting in Bridgeton of 21-year-old DeVante Lee of Bridgeton.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday disclosed the newest indictment against Huggins along with Brotmanville resident Stephine Woodley, 18, and Atlantic City resident Raymir Lampkin, 16. The status of the fourth escapee, Donovan Nickerson, is unknown.
Huggins, Woodley and Lampkin were indicted on the following charges: Second-degree escape and conspiracy; second-degree robbery and conspiracy; third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and conspiracy; two counts each of third-degree theft and conspiracy; second-degree eluding and conspiracy; two counts each of second-degree burglary and conspiracy; 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; and second-degree possession of a community gun for an unlawful purpose.
All the allegations relate to the trio allegedly conspiring with an unnamed juvenile.
Huggins also faces additional charges: third-degree resisting arrest by force; second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun; and fourth-degree tampering with physical evidence.
The teens escaped from Harborfields Detention Center. Officials say they overpowered a “senior youth worker” and got away in another youth worker’s vehicle. One of the workers, who is not identified, required hospital care.
The Prosecutor’s Office said the teens crashed the car nearby and fled. Woodley, Lampkin and Nickerson were arrested several hours later in Bridgeton.
County Assistant Prosecutor Marisa G. McGarvey represents the state in the case.
The county Prosecutor’s Office’s Intelligence Unit and county Sheriff’s Office are leading the investigation.
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