Police arrest man, teen for violent crime spree

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - July 28, 2011

The quick thinking of one man led to an arrest.

Cherry Hill and Mt. Ephraim Police announced the arrest of two males they say are responsible for attacking a woman as she walked from the Woodcrest PATCO station on Sunday night.

She was robbed and shot, and suffered a head injury during the struggle.

"They did a multi-jurisdictional crime spree here in Camden County," said Lt. William Kushina.

Police say about three hours after the Cherry Hill attack, the pair tried to carjack a woman at a Dunkin Donuts in Lawnside. That attempt failed, but just before 6:00am, police say they pulled a woman from her car at gunpoint.

The crime spree moved to a dead end street in Mt. Ephraim where public works employee Chris Fitzgerald heard a commotion and say a 76 year old woman in her car blocked in while the two men stole her money.

"They were tapping on the window with the gun to get her to open up the door or the window," Fitzgerald said. "So I yelled back, 'he's got a gun, call 911'."

Fitzgerald says the suspects tried to run him down as they made their get-away; however, he was able to get the tag number which eventually led to the arrests.

"The big turning point was when the Philadelphia Police saw the car, because it was listed in the NCIC computer as stolen, and were able to make a car stop," explained Lt. Kushina.

"That's what I was here for, just to help somebody," said Fitzgerald. "not anything heroic or anything like that, just doing the civic duty kind of thing."

The 19 year old is identified as Tyreek Thomas of West Silver Street in Philadelphia. He and the 15 year old are being held in Philadelphia.

They face charges including conspiracy to commit homicide and aggravated assault when they are returned to New Jersey.

The Cherry Hill woman who was attacked remains in Cooper Hospital. The other victim was not injured.

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