CAMDEN, NJ — Police have arrested a Sicklerville man that they say is the other suspect in a robbery connected to the kidnapping and murder of Curtis Jenkins III, grandson of the Camden City Council President.
Authorities said Monday that Jalen Carr, 22, was involved in a home invasion a week earlier on Kaighn Avenue that resulted in the theft of wallets and phones, including one allegedly used to make ransom calls to Jenkins' family not long after his abduction.
Carr was picked up on a warrant on Friday, July 5, a day after police released surveillance footage of the additional robbery suspect. A source identified the person as Carr, who initially agreed to surrender himself to police but never did s, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Carr is charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and weapons offenses, the statement read.
Police say the phone stolen from the 200 block of Kaighn Avenue during the early hours of Monday, July 1 was used by Jenkins' kidnappers to demand 10 to 15 of pounds marijuana in ransom from his father.
Family members also received a photo of the 20-year-old Jenkins tied up and blindfolded.
An investigation into Jenkins' disappearance ended the following night when police discovered his body in an abandoned garage on the 1100 block of Liberty Street. Jenkins was found on Tuesday, July 2 wrapped in a sheet with a plastic bag over his head.
The medical examiner's office ruled the death as a homicide by asphyxiation.
Jenkins was making a food delivery the night of Sunday, June 30 in the Fairview neighborhood when he was grabbed and tossed into a van.
Police had footage that showed the vehicle in the area of the robbery and linked it back to Brandon Beverly, 32, of Westville, later charged with first-degree murder in Jenkins' death.
Beverly was arrested at his residence in Woodbury, where police came across a wallet taken during the Kaighn Avenue home invasion and a handgun. A detention hearing is set for Beverly on Thursday.
Carr is not facing additional charges at this time related to Jenkins' kidnapping or killing, police said.