Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk reported guilty verdicts Friday and Monday against a Willingboro man who injured and tried to shoot a police officer and injured two others while fleeing arrest.
On Friday a jury found Adam Reed, M/32, of the first block of Sandstone Lane in Willingboro, guilty of Possession of cocaine, 3rd degree; Possession with intent to distribute 1/2 ounce or more of cocaine, 2nd degree; Possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 1000 feet of a school, 3rd degree; Possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 500 feet of a public park, 2nd degree; Eluding, 2nd degree; Resisting arrest by flight, 4th degree; Attempted Murder, 1st degree; Aggravated Assault, 2nd degree; Aggravated Assault, 3rd degree; Aggravated Assault, 4th degree; Resisting Arrest with force, 3rd degree; Possession of Hollow Nose Bullets, 4th degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, 2nd degree.
On Monday the jury returned to determine whether a prior conviction qualified Reed as a certain person not to possess a firearm. The jury found him guilty of that offense as well.
The trial began on May 6, 2013. Assistant Prosecutor Gregg Perr, Deputy Section Chief of the Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Unit, presented testimony that on June 22, 2011, Camden City Narcotics Detectives assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force conducted surveillance of drug distribution activity on Newton Avenue between Spruce and Pine Streets. Reed and a co-defendant, Elizabeth Pitko, F/42, of the 1000 block of Bordentown Road, Burlington Township, were observed engaging in drug distribution. Pitko was operating a Ford Taurus rented by Reed while Reed made hand-to- hand transactions from the trunk with persons who approached on foot. When officers moved in to arrest the two, Reed jumped into the Taurus and Pitko sped off. Officers pursued in their vehicles until Pitko crashed into multiple parked cars on Clinton Street.
Reed got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, with a Camden Police sergeant in pursuit. During the chase the sergeant tripped on a driveway apron and fell face forward, injuring his leg. Despite his injury, the officer continued to chase Reed into an open lot on Clinton Street. There, Reed drew a .45 caliber handgun and fired at the sergeant. The officer dove to the ground to take cover and further injured his leg, tearing two of three hamstring muscles. Reed tried to fire again at the officer as he lay immobilized and unable to return fire, but the gun malfunctioned. Reed threw down the gun and continued running. The injured officer secured the gun and other officers maintained pursuit of Reed. The officers engaged in an extensive fight with Reed in an effort to subdue him and two others were injured before Reed could be cuffed. In total, three officers went to the hospital after their altercation with Reed.
Pitko pleaded guilty on May 6, 2013, to Possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school, 3rd degree and Eluding, 3rd degree. Pitko is to be sentenced on June 14, 2013, before Hon. Michele M. Fox, J.S.C
Reed faces a maximum sentence of 123 years in New Jersey State Prison, 87 years without parole. Sentencing is scheduled for August 1, 2013, before Superior Court Michele M. Fox. As a persistent offender, Reed is also eligible for an extended term sentence.
Prosecutor Faulk credited the verdict as ensuring a long prison sentence for a man willing to put the lives officers and the public in jepoardy in order to escape responsibility for his criminal activities.