TRENTON, NJ — The arrest of 75 fugitives, including 26 gang members, in Camden and Atlantic City was announced Wednesday as part of a multi-agency, anti-violence initiative, a joint release read from the state Attorney General and U.S. Marshal for New Jersey.
Among those arrested through the “Operation Summer in the City 2" initiative were two fugitives wanted for murder — Ordale Telfair and Ramike Medina-Brown, a Camden resident.
The initiative builds off a similar effort conducted in July 2018, which was known as “Operation Summer in the City,” and targeted violent fugitives in Newark, Jersey City, Trenton, and Camden.
“The U.S. Marshals Service is thankful for the relationships that we have with our city, county, state, and federal law enforcement partners that worked tenaciously in excessive and exhaustive heat conditions to make ‘Operation Summer in the City 2’ a huge success,” said Juan Mattos, U.S. Marshal for the District of New Jersey. “This fugitive sweep by the NY/NJ RFTF is not the end, nor even a break, in the U.S. Marshals fight against violent crime and narcotics trafficking in New Jersey."
Both operations over the past two years are part of a collaborative effort developed by Mattos and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal to address violence in the summer, when crime rates tend to increase.
More than 15 federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies participated in “Operation Summer in the City 2,” which took place in the Atlantic City and Camden metro areas between June 10 and 14. As with last year’s effort, the goal was to target particularly violent or dangerous individuals who had not yet been arrested on outstanding criminal charges.
The arrests included 26 documented gang members, including 17 Bloods, eight Crips, and one Latin King. Of the individuals arrested, 16 were arrested in the Atlantic City area, 56 were arrested in the Camden area, and three were arrested in other states on warrants issued in South Jersey.
“We are using every tool in our toolbox to fight violent crime in New Jersey,” Grewal said. “We are taking the most violent and dangerous fugitives off the streets, and we’re doing it right as the summer starts heating up."
Among the arrests made were:
- Ordale Telfair, 37, was wanted for murder in the shooting death of Tayshon Hayward, 26, of Penns Grove, N.J., on May 23. Telfair was arrested on June 12 by members of the U.S. Marshals Service South East Regional Fugitive Task Force in Powder Springs, Georgia. He was located based on leads developed by the Camden Division and Counter Gang Unit of the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task. Telfair had been released from prison just eight days before the murder.
- Ramike Medina-Brown, 23, of Camden, N.J., was wanted for murder in the stabbing death of Eileen Brown, 53, of Camden, on May 25. He was arrested in Manhattan on June 14 by members of the New York City Division of the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, based on leads developed by the Camden Division.
- Jamar Hurd, 18, of Durham, N.C., was arrested in Mays Landing, N.J., on June 11 by members of the Atlantic City Division of the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was wanted in connection with a robbery in North Carolina in which he allegedly stole two handguns, as well as a separate burglary in North Carolina in which he allegedly broke into a law enforcement officer’s vehicle and stole a handgun.
- Glenn Preston, 24, of Camden, N.J., was arrested on June 11 by members of the Camden Division and Counter Gang Unit of the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was in possession of a backpack containing a loaded .45-caliber handgun, 22 additional hollow-point bullets, and approximately 180 vials of crack cocaine.
- Joseph Long, 31, of Monroe Township, N.J., was wanted by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office on a first-degree charge of strict liability for a drug-induced death in connection with his alleged trafficking of heroin and fentanyl. He was arrested on June 12 in Monroe Township by members of the Camden Division and Counter Gang Unit of the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.