Indictment for Gang Criminality, Attempted Murder, Witness Tampering


MAYS LANDING – On August 10, 2022, four Atlantic City residents were indicted on a 24-count indictment stemming from a shooting/attempted murder that occurred in Atlantic City on August 12, 2021, in the area of 1600 Sewell Avenue. The investigation revealed that on August 12, 2021, Armaad Brooks-Chappell, Adresce Jones, and a juvenile male co-conspirator, utilized a stolen vehicle and multiple firearms to coordinate a planned attack on the 22-year-old victim, M.B., also of Atlantic City. The defendants ambushed M.B., who was walking on the sidewalk and opened fire. M.B. was struck multiple times by gunfire, including in the face and shoulder. The investigation later determined that the motive for the attack was gang retaliation. Defendants Beatrice Chappell, the mother of Armaad Brooks-Chappell, and Faheem Harris, conspired with Armaad Brooks-Chappell to commit the crime of witness tampering of the victim.

ARMAAD BROOKS-CHAPPELL, 20, Atlantic City
ADRESCE JONES, 19, Atlantic City
BEATRICE CHAPPELL, 35, Atlantic City
FAHEEM HARRIS, 21, Atlantic City

The indictment charges the following crimes:

• Conspiracy to Commit Murder, first-degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Attempted Murder, first-degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault, second-degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad BrooksChappell).
• Aggravated Assault/Serious Bodily Injury, second-degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad BrooksChappell).
• Aggravated Assault/Deadly Weapon, second-degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad BrooksChappell).
• Aggravated Assault/Pointing a Firearm, fourth-degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad BrooksChappell).
• Endangering a Helpless Victim, third-degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, second-degree (two counts) (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes, second-degree (two counts) (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes/Community Gun, second-degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Receiving Stolen Property, third degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Using a Juvenile in the Commission of a Crime, first-degree (two counts) (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Using a Juvenile in the Commission of a Crime, second-degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Gang Criminality, first-degree (5 counts) (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Gang Criminality, second-degree (Adresce Jones and Armaad Brooks-Chappell).
• Conspiracy to Commit Witness Tampering, third-degree (Armaad Brooks-Chappell, Beatrice Chappell, Faheem Harris).
• Witness Tampering, third-degree (Armaad Brooks-Chappell, Beatrice Chappell, Faheem Harris).

On August 15, 2022, Armaad Brooks-Chappell was arraigned by the Honorable Donna M. Taylor, J.S.C. and pled not guilty to all charges. Adresce Jones is scheduled for arraignment on August 22, 2022. Beatrice Chappell is scheduled for arraignment on August 30, 2022. Faheem Harris’ whereabouts are currently unknown.

This investigation was conducted by the Violent Crimes Unit of the Atlantic City Police Department with the assistance of the Intelligence Unit of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Allison Eiselen represents the State in this matter.

There are no photos available for the defendants at this time.

***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/forms/tips-crimereporting/ and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. Crime Stoppers: 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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