Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk reported a Pennsauken man was convicted Wednesday of being the getaway driver in a pair of armed robberies in Camden in 2011.
A jury found Rumeal Bates, M/24, guilty Wednesday of two counts of 1st degree Armed Robbery, Eluding, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon after a two week trial. Bates’ sentencing is scheduled for June 20 before Judge John Kelley.
Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Moran presented evidence during the trial that Bates served as getaway driver in a 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor for two other men, Shawn Hawkins and Randolph Demby, when they robbed people at gunpoint on street corners at 8th and York streets and 4th and Walnut streets on October 29, 2011.
Hawkins, M/28, and Demby, M/24, both of Lindenwold, both pleaded guilty earlier this month, Hawkins to Armed Robbery and Demby to Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.
Bates is also charged with Murder in the July 14, 2012 shooting death of Khalil Cotton, a Camden 23-year-old shot on Mount Ephraim Avenue. He is awaiting trial in that case.