A 19-year-old South Ave. man and two juveniles have been arrested and charged in connection with a home invasion fatal shooting less than 48 hours prior, according to police in a joint investigation conducted by the Bridgeton Police Department and the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office.
Jacob T. Randolph was charged with felony murder, murder, five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of robbery and burglary, weapons offenses and four counts of employing a juvenile to commit a crime on complaints signed by Bridgeton Det. Jeff Bordley Wednesday night, according to Capt. Michael Gaimari. Two juveniles, a 16-year-old South Ave. male and a 17-year-old Sicklerville female, were also charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, according to police.
According to Gaimari, Randolph's charges including the armed robbery of another South Ave. resident minutes prior to the fatal shooting and that both incidents occurred in the 200 block of South Ave. walking distance from the suspect's residence. "The incident itself is tragic all the way around, for the victim, his family and the families of the suspects," Gaimari said Thursday morning, "but this investigation worked as it should, intensive investigation by both agencies non-stop since Monday night and crucial information provided by the public leading to witness statements, the recovery of evidence and ultimately charges. The residents of this city should be as proud as I am the way these officers work not only this case, but every investigation, and it helps immensely when the public steps up and gets involved!"
Gaimari would not elaborate on the details of the investigation or the involvement of the juveniles other than to say that Randolph is the suspect charged with shooting 44-year-old Enrique Santiago Monday night after the suspect entered the front door of his residence brandishing a handgun at he and his family members demanding money.
Additionally, he is charged with kicking open the front door of a 33-year-old South Ave. woman also demanding money at gunpoint before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim in that incident was not injured.
Randolph and the juveniles were processed at police headquarters and Randolph was taken to the Cumberland County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. The juveniles were transported to the Cumberland County Juvenile Detention Center
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