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Arrest Made in Home Invasion and Attempted Murder Investigation

December 5, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the arrest of Deshyamma R. Dalton, Michael Woods Jr., and Jeramy J. Thompson-Pierce for a home invasion and attempted murder that occurred on 10/17/2018 on Old Mill Drive in the North Cape May Section of Lower Township.

At approximately 12:51 AM on the morning of 10/17/2018, Lower Township Police received a 911 call regarding an assault that had just taken place. Upon arriving at the scene in the 100 block of Old Mill Road, Officers found the 48-year-old victim, Barry Van Orden, badly beaten. Van Orden was subsequently transported to the Atlantic City Medical Center and an investigation was immediately initiated by Detectives from the Lower Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and Crime Scene Units.

As a result of this investigation, it was determined that Jacob L. Servais, Michael Woods Jr., and Jeramy Thompson-Pierce, aided by Deshyamma Dalton, entered the victim’s residence, restrained him, and assaulted him causing severe injuries to his head and hand. The victim was struck repeatedly with a rifle over an extended period of time with significant enough force to break the wooden stock off the rifle. The victim was transported to the ACMC in critical condition where he was treated for his injuries and released days later from the hospital.

On October 26, 2018, Deshyamma R. Dalton, a 22-year-old female from the 200 block of Sinnickson Street, Salem, NJ, was charged with Robbery, a crime of the first degree; Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, a crime of the first degree; Aggravated Assault, a crime of the second degree; Criminal Restraint, a crime of the third degree; and Theft, a crime of the third degree* Dalton was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Center pending Court proceedings.

On November 20, 2018, Jeramy J. Thompson-Pierce, a 19-year-old male from the 700 block of Cedar Street, Vineland, NJ, was located in Bridgeton, arrested, and lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Center on the charges of Attempted Murder, a crime of the first degree; Robbery, crime of the first degree; Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, a crime of the first degree; Conspiracy to Commit Attempted Murder, a crime of the first degree; Aggravated Assault, a crime of the second degree; Criminal Restraint, a crime of the third degree; and Theft, a crime of the third degree. *

Also on November 20, 2018, Michael Woods Jr., a 20-year-old male from the 400 block of 2nd Street, Millville, NJ, was located in Millville, arrested, and lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Center on the charges of Attempted Murder, a crime of the first degree; Robbery, crime of the first degree; Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, a crime of the first degree; Conspiracy to Commit Attempted Murder, a crime of the first degree; Aggravated Assault, a crime of the second degree; Criminal Restraint, a crime of the third degree; and Theft, a crime of the third degree. *

On November 29, 2018, both Woods and Thompson-Pierce were charged with Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the second degree and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the third degree.* Both individuals were served with their additional charges while being lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility.

Prosecutor Sutherland stated an individual charged with a first-degree crime can be sentenced to 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. A second-degree crime can carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years and an individual charged with a third-degree crime can be sentenced to 3 to 5 years in State prison.

Prosecutor Sutherland also commends all of the law enforcement agencies who were involved in this investigation and who assisted in the apprehension of Woods and Thompson-Pierce.

Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who has information concerning this investigation to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, the Lower Township Police Department at 609-886-1619, or anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on the anonymous tip or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800.

* Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless she is proven guilty.