Bridgeton police said authorities have arrested two men in connection with the January shooting death of city resident Jermarl Dawkins.
Police said Paul Willoughby, of Stewart Lane in Fairfield Township, was apprehended Thursday and charged with murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses.
Willoughby was found by members of the U.S. Marshall’s Service Fugitive Task Force at Tip’s Trailer Park on Route 49, said Capt. Michael Gaimari of the Bridgeton Police Department.
Murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses were lodged against Troy Donini, of Landis Avenue in Vineland, on Jan. 27 while Donini was incarcerated in a Sussex County, Del., detention facility, Gaimari said. Donini remained in that facility on weapons charges related to an alleged offense in Delaware, and extradition proceedings were pending, he said.
Bail for each man was set at $750,000 cash. Willoughby was in the Cumberland County jail in Bridgeton, authorities said.
Dawkins, 34, of Sunset Avenue, was shot multiple times and found dead Jan. 16 in a field on the property of Burlington Manor Apartments on South Burlington Road. Authorities said they found Dawkins when they responded to reports of “man down and gunshots” received by the Police Department about 6 p.m.
Dawkins was apparently visiting someone at the apartment complex before he was shot, according to law enforcement officials. Detectives interviewed witnesses and gathered forensic evidence at the scene, they said.
Gaimari said Friday he would not release what led authorities to Willoughby and Donini, or information about a motive for the fatal shooting, as the investigation was ongoing.
The arrests were made following an investigation by the Bridgeton Police Department and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Gaimari said.
“We are very fortunate that … the hard work representatives from both agencies put into this investigation and the efforts from the fugitive task force … led to the arrests and charging of the two individuals,” he said.
Bridgeton police Chief Mark Ott urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact authorities.
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