Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Media Release UPDATE: Man Charged With Murder Of A Gloucester Township Woman 12-12-2014
Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle reported a man has been arrested in the fatal beating of a Gloucester Township woman. Miguel Angel Diaz, M/30, last known address of Mount Laurel, is charged with first-degree Murder in the death of 59-year-old Susan D. Johnson. Diaz is accused of fatally beating Johnson sometime December 5 in her home on the first block of Skyline Drive in Gloucester Township following an argument over money.
Diaz and an adult female witness had been staying in the house with Johnson. After the murder, Diaz allegedly transported Johnson’s body to a wooded area near Willow Ridge Park in Evesham Township, Burlington County. Gloucester Township Police had gone to Johnson’s home Thursday for a well-being check after she was reported missing. Officers found signs of a struggle inside the residence. During the course of the investigation, detectives developed information about Diaz and the witness. Both were detained by police in Evesham early Friday and taken to Gloucester Township Police headquarters for questioning. The witness provided information that led police the location of Johnson’s body. A post-mortem examination revealed the cause of Johnson’s death to be blunt force trauma to the head.
Diaz is scheduled to be arraigned 11 a.m. Monday before Superior Court Judge Edward McBride. All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Media Release: Missing Gloucester Township Woman Found Murdered 12-12-2014
Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle reported a missing Gloucester Township woman has been found murdered. The body of Susan D. Johnson, F/59, was located by police in a wooded area near the 5000 block of Commonwealth Drive in Evesham Township, Burlington County. Investigators believe Johnson was fatally beaten sometime December 5 in her home on the first block of Skyline Drive in Gloucester Township and transported to the location where her body was found.
Gloucester Township Police had gone to Johnson’s home Thursday for a well-being check after she was reported missing. Officers found signs of a struggle inside the residence. During the course of the investigation, Detectives developed information on two persons of interest – one man and one woman. Both have been detained and are being questioned by investigators. One person of interest led police to the location of Johnson’s body this morning. The investigation is ongoing and charges have yet to be filed.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective John Hunsinger at (856) 365-3239 or Gloucester Township Police Detective Michael McDonnell at (856) 228-4500. Information may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or texted to CCTIP, or call our GTPD Anonymous Crime Tip Line: 856-842-5560. To send an Anonymous Tip via Text Message to Gloucester Township Police, text the keyword TIP GLOTWPPD and your tip message to 888777 . You may also click here to access our Anonymous Web Tip page: https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/5170177
Released Friday, December 12, 2014.
Gloucester Township Police Community Bulletin: Holiday Package Theft Prevention
The Christmas Holidays is usually a time when police departments see an increase of theft of packages from residences shortly after being delivered. This is not currently an issue in Gloucester Township. UPS, Fedex and USPS packages are being stolen from front doorsteps and mailboxes. The victims are targeted by suspects who possibly follow the delivery trucks and steal the packages once the trucks leave the area. Listed below are several tips when getting packages delivered that could prevent you from being a victim of theft:
Tips for receiving Packages:
- Always retrieve packages (and mail) as soon as it arrives.
- If you are not going to be home to receive the package, send the package to the residence of a trusted friend or relative who you know will be home. Be sure that the friend is ready and waiting to retrieve the package when the doorbell rings and be on the lookout in case the doorbell doesn’t ring.
- Ask the package delivery company to hold the package if you will not be home (many have local delivery centers).
- Request that your package is marked “signature required.” This requires the delivery person to stand by and wait until you’re available to retrieve the package.
- Leave special instructions on where to deliver the package. A good place is on the side or back of the house, so that the package is out of sight from the road.
- Use a company that provides a tracking service and check online to see when it is scheduled to arrive.
- Have the items shipped to the nearest store for “in-store pick up.”
Remember to report any suspicious person and/or act immediately to the Gloucester Township Police Department by calling 9-1-1 for an emergency and 228-4500 for a nonemergency. Please gather as much suspect descriptions as possible when calling and please do not put yourself in any danger.
Gloucester Township Police Media Release: Gloucester Township Police Operation “Holiday Traffick” Targets Promoting Prostitution/Human Trafficking Networks
Date: December 5, 2014
Incident Location: 800 Block of the North Black Horse Pike, Blackwood New Jersey 08012
Case Number: 14-49767
On December 5th, 2014, The Gloucester Township Police Department with assistance of the Camden County Prosecutors Office, New Jersey State Police, Magnolia Police Department, Pine Hill Police Department and the Runnemede Police Department conducted a proactive operation targeting subjects promoting prostitution and who are engaging in Human Trafficking. The operation involved an undercover officer who posed as a customer ordering prostitutes from a website.
The hotel’s staff and management were fully cooperative with law enforcement. The goal of the operation was not to target the prostitutes themselves, who are often women with drug addictions, mental health issues and homeless, but to target those promoting prostitution and the networks that facilitates the sex trade. Eight persons were arrested on charges of Prostitution and Promoting Prostitution.
Three of those charged were drivers (transporters) for the “dates,” which were arranged with the undercover officer. The goal of the operation was to treat the women detained for prostitution as victims, not criminals. All the women arrested immediately spoke with a licensed clinical social worker employed by the Gloucester Township Police Department whom was on hand to counsel the women and direct them towards available social services. The women victims were then interviewed by specially trained detectives. A Mandarian translator from the New Jersey State Police ROIC (Regional Operations Intelligence Center) was also used to facilitate communication with one of the female victims.
“We understand that in an effort to effectively fight crime we must begin to focus beyond the belief that arresting someone is the only way to fight crime,” Chief Earle said. “Community education, prevention efforts, compassion, re-defining what a victim is, and community based partnerships coupled together with arrests must be the way that we solve and prevent crime now and in the future.”
The subjects charged in Friday’s operation are as follows:
– Promoting Prostitution (3rd degree)- Steven Durham Lindenwold, NJ 6/15/56
– Engaging in Prostitution – 26 YOA Female Gloucester City, NJ
– Engaging in Prostitution – 28 YOA Female Havertown, PA
– Promoting Prostitution (3rd degree) – Francis T.D. Hamilton Upper Darby PA 9/28/64
– Engaging in Prostitution – 34 YOA Female Drexel Hill PA
– Promoting Prostitution (3rd degree) – Felix S. Vazquez Northfield, NJ 12/7/1974
– Engaging in Prostitution – 45 YOA Female Northfield NJ
– Engaging in Prostitution – 20 YOA Female Philadelphia PA
Date and Time of Media Release: 12/10/2014 0900 Hrs
Media Release By: Capt. A. Minosse #126
Approved By: Deputy Chief D. Harkins #122
The original Gloucester Township Police Media Release can be viewed here in PDF: GTPD Operation “Holiday Traffick” Targets Promoting Prostitution/Human Trafficking Networks