Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk, FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Walker and Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson announced a $21,000 reward available for information leading to arrests and convictions in a shooting that killed a bodega owner and injured three others during a 2011 armed robbery.
The reward is being posted jointly by the FBI and Camden County Police. A portion is being administered by the Citizens Crime Commission. Law enforcement personnel from those agencies and the Prosecutor’s Office will be canvassing the area around what used to be Bernard Grocery Store at 1201 N. 27th Street to increase the public’s awareness of this unsolved homicide. They will be posting flyers announcing the reward and investigators will be available to speak to the media starting at 1 p.m. on July 25.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on December 5, 2011, three armed, masked men entered Bernard Grocery Store on the 1200 block of North 27th Street in Camden. A person in the store attempted to resist them and in response they opened fire on the four unarmed people inside. Deogenes Miguel Almonte, M/46, was behind the counter of his business when he was shot multiple times. The other victims, all friends of Almonte, were shot while in the aisles of the store. All three survived their wounds.
The robbers took cash and fled the business. It appears the suspects were carrying a military-style assault rifle and a shotgun.
Anyone with information is urged to contact FBI Special Agent Jacob Archer at (856) 795-9556, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator John Hunsinger at (856) 365-3239 or Camden Police Detective Bill Frampton at (856) 757-7420. Information may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To provide information anonymously, call the Crime Commission Tipline at (215) 546-TIPS.