Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo, Chesilhurst Police Chief Wendell Smith and Waterford Township Police Chief Daniel Cormaney reported five bounty hunters have been charged in connection with the assault of a man and the kidnapping of a teenage boy.
The incident began around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday outside a residence on Briarhill Drive in Chesilhurst, where five bounty hunters in two vehicles were waiting for Eric L. Webb, M/38, of Lindenwold. Webb was wanted on an active warrant for a drug charge out of Camden County.
When Webb and a 17-year-old male acquaintance arrived at the residence in a car, two of the bounty hunters exited their vehicles and approached Webb without identifying themselves. Webb returned to his car and fled the area, striking one of the bounty hunters’ vehicles, a Dodge Avenger, which had attempted to box his car in, and leaving the juvenile behind.
Three bounty hunters in the other vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala, allegedly chased Webb’s car to Waterford Township, where Webb crashed into a wooded behind the Travelers Lodge on the 700 block of the White Horse Pike. Webb exited his car and tried to flee, but was caught by the bounty hunters – Brian Williams, M/32, of Burlington Township, and Ralph M. Lemar, M/34, and Jovani A. Diaz, F/25, both of Philadelphia.
The three bounty hunters then allegedly assaulted Webb and robbed him of cash and his cellphone. It is alleged Lemar assaulted Webb with a tire iron, striking him in the head.
Meanwhile, two bounty hunters – Marvella Brown-Bailey, F/37, of Burlington Township, who was the only certified bondsperson in the group, and Innish Henderson, M/25, of Philadelphia – had remained in Chislehurst with the juvenile.
The two allegedly placed the juvenile in handcuffs and put him in the Dodge Avenger. It is alleged Henderson brandished a knife and held it to the boy’s neck. The two are also accused of robbing the juvenile of cash and his cellphone. Brown-Bailey and Henderson then drove to Lindenwold, where the juvenile managed to break free and flee on foot into the Arborwood Apartment complex.
All five bounty hunters were arrested by police in Waterford Township. All of the suspects, except for Lemar, were found to have active warrants for various offenses.
Webb was transported to Virtua Hospital in Berlin. He was found to be in possession of 23 bags of suspected heroin and a small amount of marijuana.
The juvenile, a Lindenwold resident, was not charged and was turned over to his legal guardian.
As a result of the investigation, the following charges have been filed.
Lemar was charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of weapon. His bail was set at $250,000.
Williams was charged with two counts of robbery and one count of aggravated assault. His bail was set at $250,000.
Diaz was charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of aggravated assault and providing fraudulent documents to police. Her bail was set at $250,000.
Brown-Bailey was charged with kidnapping and robbery. Her bail was set at $400,000.
Henderson was charged with kidnapping, robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of weapon. His bail was set at $400,000.
Webb was charged with possession with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possession with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and failure to turn over CDS to law enforcement. His bail was set at $100,000.
All were remanded to the Camden County Jail in lieu of bail.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Released Thursday, March 26, 2015.