Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk, Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson, Haddon Township Police Chief Mark Cavallo and Woodlynne Public Safety Director Edwin Figueroa reported the arrests of two men for four armed robberies in November, and further charges are expected for as many as seven other robberies of businesses and people.
Shamar Lee, M/23, of Camden, is charged in all four robberies. A second man, Raekwon Simmons, M/18, also of Camden, is charged with two robberies. The men were identified thanks to assistance from the public, who recognized them in wanted posters and a short video clip of one of the robberies in Woodlynne. Simmons was arrested Friday. Members of the U.S. Marshals New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force arrested Lee on Sunday. Law enforcement from Camden, Woodlynne and Haddon Township coordinated with Prosecutor’s Office detectives to ensure a comprehensive regional response to this spate of armed robberies, and a swift apprehension of the suspects.
Lee and Simmons, or Lee alone, are accused of committing robberies with a handgun at convenience stores and markets as well as holding up people on the street throughout November 2013. many of the incidents took place I the area near Mount Ephraim Avenue, Ferry Avenue and Woodlynne Avenue, where Woodlynne, Haddon Township and Collingswood share borders with Camden. In one case employees at the business were held in a bathroom. In another, it is alleged Lee attempted to sexually assault a clerk.
Lee and Simmons are both charged in the following incidents:
- 11/14, Xpress Market, 2500 block of Woodlynne Avenue, Woodlynne. Charged with Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
- 11/20, Del Monte’s News Shop, 2000 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden. Both are charged with Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
Lee solely has been charged in the following incidents:
- 11/19, Mucha Luna Grocery, 3000 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue in Haddon Township. Charged with Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Theft, Criminal Restraint and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. In this incident Lee is accused of holding employees in the bathroom at gunpoint during the robbery.
- 11/24, Lilly’s Market, 2000 block of Woodlynne Avenue in Woodlynne. Charged with Robbery, Sexual Contact, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. In this incident Lee is accused of taking a female clerk into the bathroom, exposing himself and attempting to sexually assault her before fleeing.
Both men are being held at the Camden County Jail. Local police and Prosecutor’s Office detectives are still investigating other incidents involving these two suspects and the list of charges filed against them is likely to grow.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.