Just In: Police have apprehended Jahmell Crockham, 19, the suspect in the execution-style killing of Lakewood police patrolman Christopher Matlosz, 27, on Friday afternoon.
Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Captain Thomas Hayes said Crockham was arrested early this morning and is in custody at the Lakewood Police Department.
Hayes said details on Crockham’s arrest were unavailable. The Associated Press reports that Crockham was arrested without incident in Camden this morning, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case who was not authorized to speak publicly. A judge has already set bail for him at $5 million, with no opportunity to post 10 percent of that amount in cash to gain his release.
Murder charges were filed against Jahmell W. Crockam, 19, of Edgewood Place, here, Saturday afternoon.
Crockam, whose street name is “Sav,” – short for “Savage” – had fled to Camden, a poor city on the opposite side of the state, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. A dragnet encompassing at least three states and more than 100 officers had been searching for him since the shooting Friday at 4 p.m.
Matlosz, 27, died Friday afternoon at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, less than an hour after he was reported being shot by a frantic 911 caller. A graduate of Howell High School and Brookdale Community College, he lived in Manchester and was engaged to be married.
Witnesses told police that Matlosz stopped Crockam in front of 1514 August Drive. The “routine” stop seemed to be non-confrontational. Then Crockam stepped back from the driver side of Matlosz’s car and fired three shots directly at the officer, authorities said.
“The facts are rather frightening in what was a routine stop, a routine conversation, not an alarming or hostile conversation between an officer and a suspect, certainly turned deadly,” said Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford.