Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a fugitive wanted for his role in a Camden homicide has been captured in Florida.
Samuel Lopez, 18, of Camden, was taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshals Service and Volusia County Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon at an acquaintance’s residence in Deltona, Florida.
Lopez and a co-defendant, Reymond Pagan, 29, also of Camden, were both charged on December 3rd with first-degree felony murder in the death of 34-year-old Jose Franco of Camden.
Franco was fatally shot during a robbery in the area of 28th Street and Pierce Avenue around 11:30 p.m. on September 27th, 2015. He was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m. on September 28th.
Pagan was taken into custody in Camden at approximately 6 p.m. on December 3rd by members of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Camden County Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was arraigned on December 4th before Superior Court Judge Edward J. McBride Jr. Bail for Pagan was set at $1.5 million full cash.
Lopez is currently being held in Florida and is awaiting extradition to New Jersey.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Released Friday, December 11, 2015.