2 MEN INDICTED ON FELONY MURDER CHARGE FOR JANUARY 2020 FATAL SHOOTING OF ARTURO BARRERA III


MAYS LANDING- An Atlantic County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against two men who were charged for the fatal shooting in January 2020, of 24 year-old Arturo Barrera III, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Leonard B. Ludwigsen Jr., 26, of Egg Harbor Township is indicted on the following offenses in the killing of Barrera Jr.:

Leonard B. Ludwigsen

·         1st degree Felony Murder

·         1st degree Robbery

·         2nd degree Conspiracy

·         2nd degree Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purposes (Firearm)

·         2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Handgun)

 

Neco J. Pitts, 28, of Long Branch, Monmouth County is indicted on the following offenses in the killing of Barrera Jr.:

·         1st degree Felony Murder

·         1st degree Robbery

·         2nd degree Conspiracy

·         2nd degree Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purposes (Firearm)

·         2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Handgun)

·         2nd degree Certain Persons Not to have Weapons

At 11:20 p.m., on Thursday, January 2, 2020, Egg Harbor Township Police received a 911 call with a report of a shooting at 109 Vermont Avenue. When police arrived they found Barrera– a male

Neco J. Pitts

resident of the home–who was the victim of multiple gunshot wounds.

On January 2, 2020, an eyewitness stated that two armed men in masks entered his residence.  The men pointed the guns at the eyewitness and victim, at which time dogs started barking and moving towards the masked men.  Simultaneously, Barrera stood up and the two men began firing, ultimately killing Barrera. The two men then fled the home.  Barrera was pronounced deceased at the scene.

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Ludwigsen was taken into custody at his Egg Harbor Township home, charged and he is lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Pitts was charged and is lodged in the Monmouth County Jail on an unrelated matter.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The investigation and arrests were a joint effort by the following law enforcement agencies: the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Egg Harbor Township Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, Long Branch Police Department, Keansburg Police Department, Pemberton Police Department, the Atlantic County Regional SWAT Team and the Monmouth County Emergency Response Team.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy represents the state in this matter.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477(TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

 

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