CAMDEN, NJ—Officials from Camden County Police Department [CCPD] have released the names of three men wanted in the attempted murder of two undercover CCPD detectives.
Alexander DeJesus, 19, of Philadelphia; Ammar Hall, 26, of Camden; and Juan Figueroa, 20, of Camden have all been charged with first-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges, CCPD Chief Scott Thomson announced Friday afternoon.
The manhunt continues for the three men, still believed to be in the Philadelphia and Camden area, Chief Thomson said, and that they are believed to be co-confederates. All have three prior criminal histories.
“These men are homicidal maniacs, these folks are sociopaths,” Chief Thomson said. “These folks do not need to be walking the streets of society right now.”
On the night of Aug. 7, two plain-clothes detectives were in an unmarked vehicle waiting on a red light at the intersection of Broadway and Walnut Street when a white van pulled up, and two individuals got out of the van and opened fire with semi-automatic weapons.
Chief Thomson said Friday afternoon that 25 rounds were fired in seven seconds into the car’s windshield and passenger side door. One detective was able to return fire.
“It defies the laws of probability that our officers survived, let alone escaped with minor injuries,” Thomson said.
The two detectives were rushed to Cooper University Hospital, and have since been released and recovering. Thomson said police were able to recover the van that night in South Camden.
Officials have yet to determine the motive for the shooting.
“What is absolutely clear to all of this was their intent to kill whoever was in that vehicle,” Thomson said.
The CCPD is working alongside the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, FBI, ATF, New Jersey State Police, the state Attorney General’s office and U.S. marshals.
“These individuals are considered armed, and extremely dangerous. If the public knows where they are, or you see any of these individuals, please notify the authorities immediately,” Thomson said.
Anybody that knows the whereabouts of the three men, or has any information relative to the investigation, is asked to call CCPD Det. Cardoso at 609-519-8598, Det. Caffarelli at 609-519-8235 or CCPO Det. McKweon at 609-820-7192.