Guilty verdict in 2012 Atlantic City robbery of Galloway pizza delivery man

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MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man has been convicted for his part in the 2012 armed robbery and assault of a Galloway pizza delivery driver in Atlantic City.

On June 19, an Atlantic County jury found Jamil Ragsdale, 19, of the 800 block of North Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, guilty of armed robbery, a first-degree crime; conspiracy to commit armed robbery, a second-degree crime; and aggravated assault, a second-degree crime, for the Jan. 16, 2012 robbery of Domino’s Pizza Shop delivery driver Muhamed Bilal of Galloway, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

The Atlantic City Police Department responded shortly after midnight to the Domino’s Pizza Shop on Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, to investigate the reported robbery. They found Bilal bleeding from a broken nose and injuries to his face and head, and ordered him transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

Bilal reported that he had been dispatched with a pizza order to an address on the 700 block of North Maryland Avenue, where he was confronted by a group of men wearing masks, one of them armed with what appeared to be an “M16 type” rifle.

Bilal said that the armed man “racked” a round into the chamber, and that another man wearing brass knuckles struck him in the face and head repeatedly.

The men robbed Bilal of $460 in cash, his cell phone, and the pizza order.

On Feb. 22, 2012, Atlantic City police charged and arrested three males on juvenile petitions for the robbery:

Jamil Ragsdale, then 17-years-old; Donte Ford, 17, of the 900 block of Magellan Avenue, Atlantic City; and Shakeem Roberts, 16, of the 900 block of Virginia Avenue.

On June 5, 2012, Superior Court Criminal Part gained jurisdiction in the matter where the three defendants would be prosecuted as adults.

Bail was set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge James L. Jackson at $100,000 cash, and the three were lodged in the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in default of bail.

According to a negotiated plea agreement, Donte Ford and Shakeem Roberts pled guilty to second-degree robbery earlier this year, and were sentenced on March 21 and April 15 respectively to five years in New Jersey state prison. Each must serve 85 percent of the sentence, or four years and three months, before becoming eligible for parole. The sentence includes three years of parole supervision after release.

On June 19, after a three-day trial before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Albert Garofolo, the jury found that Jamil Ragsdale was the man armed with the rifle, and found Ragsdale guilty on all three counts.

Judge Garofolo revoked Ragsdale’s bail, and ordered him lodged in the county jail.

Ragsdale is scheduled for sentencing by Judge Garofolo on July 21.

A first-degree crime carries a potential penalty of 10-20 years in New Jersey state prison. A second-degree crime carries a potential penalty of five to 10 years imprisonment.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Donna Fetzer represented the state in the case. 

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