Murder Charges for A.C. Carjacking Suspects

Trio each face 23 counts in the carjacking & shooting that left a NJ man dead and his girlfriend wounded

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    Atlantic City Police

    Three Camden men were indicted Wednesday on murder, kidnapping, assault and related charges for the September carjacking and shooting of a North Jersey couple that left one dead and the other hurt.

    Phillip Byrd, 21, Eric Darden, 20, and Raheem Simmons, 18, face 23 charges each for the carjacking and murder of the couple from the Atlantic City Trump Taj Mahal Casino on September 18, 2011.

    Arrest Warrants Issued in Taj Murder

    [PHI] Arrest Warrants Issued in Taj Murder
    Police say the three men wanted for killing 28-year-old Sunil Rattu should be considered armed and dangerous. (Published Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011)

    Byrd, Darden and Simmons were caught on surveillance camera at about 8 a.m. Sunday just before they approached 28-year-old Sunil Rattu of Old Bridge, N.J. and 24-year-old Radha Ghetia of Parlin, N.J. and forced them at gunpoint into a vehicle.

    The three men then forced Ghetia to drive several blocks to an alley near the 500 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. They then shot both Ghetia and Rattu, killing Rattu, police said.

    Suspects Named in A.C. Carjacking, Murder

    [PHI] Suspects Named in A.C. Carjacking, Murder
    Authorities name the three men they believe carjacked and shot a North Jersey couple resulting in the death of one person. (Published Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011)

    Ghetia, the girlfriend of the victim, was expected to make a full recovery.

    Rattu and Ghetia were in Atlantic City to celebrate their graduation from nursing school, Rattu’s family told NBC Philadelphia.

    Carjacking Turns Deadly in A.C.

    [PHI] Carjacking Turns Deadly in A.C.
    Police are searching for three men in connection with the shooting death of Sunil Rattu, 28, who was carjacked at the Taj Mahal parking garage in Atlantic City. (Published Monday, Sep 19, 2011)

    The Saturn Ion the men allegedly drove that day, which was earlier reported missing from Haddonfield, N.J., connected them to the case, authorities said.

    Within several days each man was taken into custody separately.

    Family of A.C. Carjacking Victim Is "Heartbroken"

    [PHI] Family of A.C. Carjacking Victim Is "Heartbroken"
    The family of 28-year old Sunil Rattu says he was in Atlantic City to celebrate his nursing school graduation he wound up dead in an apparent carjacking. (Published Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011)

    The men each face felony murder, murder, kidnapping, carjacking, armed robbery, aggravated
    assault, conspiracy and weapons charges.