Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk and Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson provided the following details about a police car theft that led to a chase that ended in Philadelphia.
Blake Bills, M/24, and Shayna Sykes, F/23, both of Macungie, PA, are in police custody and numerous charges are being prepared against them, including Aggravated Assault and Theft. The full list of charges will be made available tomorrow.
The pursuit began as a Camden Police Officer Sekou Reid-Bey, M/49, engaged in a motor vehicle stop on Federal Street about 9:50 a.m. It is alleged that while Reid-Bey, a 16-year veteran of the department, talked to the motorist in the vehicle he had pulled over, Bills and Sykes got into his cruiser and began driving it. Bills and Sykes had no link to the motor vehicle stop and were not interacting with police prior to the theft of the police vehicle.
The two defendants are accused of intentionally driving into Reid-Bey with the stolen cruiser as he walked toward it. He suffered a fractured leg and is being treated at Cooper Hospital. He is in stable condition.
It is alleged the stolen police cruiser led pursuing police from Camden eastbound on Admiral Wilson Boulevard. The vehicle briefly turned on to Route 130 and Route 38 in Pennsauken, and then sped in the opposite direction on Admiral Wilson Boulevard toward the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The stolen vehicle reached speeds above 100 mph while on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard.
Bills and Sykes were pursued into Philadelphia and taken into custody there. The Philadelphia Police should be contacted for information about the pursuit and arrest of the two suspects in that city.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.