Suspected serial bank bandit nabbed in Camden

June 11, 2008 5:54:15 PM PDT
The neighborhood in Camden's Cooper Hospital area was swarming with police for about 2 and a half hours today in search of a fugitive from Florida. Authorities say they got their man.

Camden's critical incident team converged on the 400 block of Haddon Avenue around 11 a.m. They were searching for 22 year old Ahmed Adams, who'd been spotted by investigators from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

Adams ran inside 441 Haddon and then made his way over the rooftop to the apartment next door.

There, police found him hiding. Adams was unarmed and taken into custody. Adams is wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Florida.

Prosecutor's office spokesman Jason Laughlin says "The FBI is looking at him for up to 53 bank robberies in the Miami area. He was part of a crew down there. That remains under investigation."

Adams is from Lake Park, Florida, but sources say his sister lives in the Haddon Avenue apartment next door to where he was found.

Meanwhile, some neighbors were asked to leave while police searched the buildings.

Travelina Travers is among those who left. "I came out on the porch and I was told to evacuate my place, no shoes on or nothin. Then I heard it was a robber. I just left and went to a neighbor's house for about 2 hours."

Dynetta Tompkins told Action News, "It was frightening to me when I got pulled into an alley, then saw all the activity, helicopter, dogs, and police."

Authorities say Adams is part of a group of bandits called "The Natty Heads Clique", ten to forty thieves linked to dozens of bank holdups.

The group is linked to the violent "Bloods" street gang.

Adams was indicted last year, but freed on bail and vanished, until today.