Authorities in New Jersey reported that a fugitive was arrested on Friday, almost a week after he had escaped from detention.
The New Jersey Department of Corrections reported that Edward Berbon, 54, was apprehended without incident soon before 2:30 p.m. when fugitive unit agents discovered him in Camden.
“My deepest appreciation to the hard work and dedication by the Special Investigation Division to locate and bring this individual into custody,” Commissioner Victoria L. Kuhn said in a written statement. “The New Jersey Department of Correction’s Fugitive Unit is among the best at what they do and we are grateful for their work to bring this case to a quick resolution.”
On September 23, after ending a work shift in Mount Laurel, Berbon was supposed to return to his halfway home in Camden County, where he had enrolled in a residential community release programme. According to officials, the work release programme is intended to assist prisoners who are reaching the end of their sentence in reintegrating into society.
Although there was no evidence that Berbon constituted a threat to the community, the authorities nonetheless viewed him as an escapee.
Since his parents’ attempted murder conviction in 2005, Berbon has been detained; his release date was set for February 12, 2024.
Authorities said that he had attacked his parents in July 2004, only hours after being released from prison, at their home in Hamilton Township, Mercer County. Even though it’s still unknown what caused those attacks, his parents are still alive.
Berbon had already done time in jail for robbery and theft.