MAYS LANDING- An Atlantic City man who has been a fugitive since February after he failed to appear for sentencing has been arrested, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Shawn Smith, 26, was arrested on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Pleasantville by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the FBI, Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office and the Atlantic City Police Department.
On Dec. 5, 2017, Smith pleaded guilty to five counts across four cases. Smith pleaded guilty to one count of second degree Aggravated Assault and Certain Persons not to Possess a Firearm. Smith also pleaded guilty to Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance on three different indictments.
“Those convicted of criminal offenses in Atlantic County should understand that when judges are gracious enough to allow them to remain free pending sentencing, if they fail to show, they will be apprehended, and this office will argue for the maximum allowable sentence under the law and charge them with a separate charge of bail jumping. As a result, they risk making a bad situation, worse,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
On February 28, 2017, at 4:20 am three to four shots were registered on shot spotter around the area of California and Pacific Avenues in Atlantic City. Bilal Freeman waved down Atlantic City Police Officers in the area in front of a store located at 2519 Pacific Avenue where he was shot under his knee. Officers proceeded inside the store and found Emmanuel Williams being aided by bystanders with a gunshot wound to the right leg in the upper thigh area.
Smith is in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
Assistant Prosecutor Mathew Feldman represents the State in the 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. ***
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 https://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.