Harborfields escape

A car authorities say was used in an escape by four juveniles from Harborfields detention facility sits outside an apartment complex on Buerger Street Wednesday morning.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

EGG HARBOR CITY — Three youths who escaped from a juvenile detention facility here by overpowering a guard were captured early Wednesday but one remains at large, acting Atlantic County Sheriff Michael Petuskey said.

Michael Huggins, who has not been found, was charged with murder in the Oct. 7, 2016 killing of Davonte Lee in Bridgeton, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.

She said Huggins should be considered dangerous and advised anyone who sees him to call 911 and not to approach him.

As of press time the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Task Force was searching for Huggins near Southwoods State Prison and Pamphylia Avenue in Bridgeton.

Police began searching for four youths who escaped at about 12:20 a.m. from the Harborfields Youth Detention Facility in Egg Harbor City.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, acting Sheriff Michael Petuskey announced that three of the youths had been caught. They were identified as Stephine Woodley, Raymir Lampkin and Donovan Nickerson.

Petuskey said New Jersey State Police and Bridgeton police were involved in the capture.

The Atlantic County Sheriff's Office said the four youths overpowered a guard and drove off in his car. They sideswiped another vehicle, hit a residential building, and then left the vehicle and ran from the scene.

The guard was taken to a hospital.

Authorities said two of the escapees are 16 years old, one is 17 and the other is 18.

Michael Kinsing, a tenant at the three-unit complex at St. Louis and Buerger avenues that was hit by the getaway vehicle, said he awoke to emergency lights and a swarm of police in his normally quiet neighborhood. The residence is fewer than four blocks from Harborfields.

"Not my favorite way to wake up," said Kinsing, who added he was glad for the speedy response.

Kinsing said he noticed the commotion around 12:52 a.m.

Building owner Joan Fazio, who was there early Wednesday morning checking on her tenants and property, said she was thankful everyone was safe. She said the building was not damaged.

Many schools around the area called parents or posted to their websites school was closed due to the escape.

All schools in the Egg Harbor City School District, Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District, Hamilton Township School District, Mullica Township School District and St. Vincent de Paul Parish were closed Wednesday as a precaution. Galloway Township Public Schools were also closed, according to 6 ABC Action News.

Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti put out a message via the city's Blackboard Connect robocall system at around 3:30 a.m. to warn residents about the escape.

"Please be sure that all your doors and windows are locked and do not open your door for anyone but the police. If you see anything suspicious or hear anything please call 965-1200 to report it immediately," the message said.

Harborfields has 27 beds available for juveniles awaiting court hearings -- 19 for males and 8 for females, according to the Atlantic County website.

(Nanette LoBiondo Galloway and Waldy Diez contributed to this report.)

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