The shooting occurred at 2 o'clock at Sixth and Everett streets and was witnessed by Urquhart Ward, Thirteenth Ward plumber and brother of the injured patrolaman, Policeman John Searock and former Policeman Carl Quinton.
The two Wards an Quinton had been in attendance at a political meeting and were on their way home in an automobile when the met Searock, who had gone off duty at midnight. Urquhart Ward, driving the car, offered to take Searock home.
They were on theri way down Sixth Street when they saw a car parked in the shadows near Everett Street. There was no tail light on the car and Policeman Ward, becoming suspicious, told his brother to stop the car and he got out and went over to the other machine.
When Ward reached the side of the automobile, he demanded to know what the party was doing on the street at that hour of the morning.
Gang Opens Fire
"Stick 'em up" were the words that came from the car and floated across the street to the ears of Searock, Quinton, and Urquhart Ward.
Simultaneous with the demand came a volley of
revolver shots from the car. The fist shot hit Ward, who was within inches of the machine and
he dropped to ground with a loud groan. Two other shots were fired as the policeman lay on
the ground but went wild. Ward attempted to pull his revolver as he went down, but he did
Searock, with drawn revolver,
Quinton, and and Ward's brother dashed towards the machine. As they did so, the machine started down the
street, but the driver evidently was all excited as the car had proceeded only a few yards
when it ran
Shots Are Exchanged
Seeing that escape was impossible in the automobile, the bandits scrambled from the machine one after the other and fled in all directions at top speed. Searock emptied his revolver at the fleeing forms but it was not known if any of the men were hit. Neither of he captured men was wounded.
Three of the bandits fired shots back at Searock, Quinton, and Urquhart Ward as they ran.
The shots aroused the entire neighborhood and several civilians joined in the chase and subsequent hunt for the men throughout the neighborhood, Ward was sent to headquarters by Searock and police in all parts of the city as well as at the suburbs were notified as to be on the lookout for the men.
Klosterman Tells Story
It was shortly after three o'clock that Klostermn met up with the other five bandits and had the big thrill of his life. Klosterman is a six-foot, athletic chap and is known for his ability to take care of himself. He had heard the shooting and joined in the chase.
driving along Lansdowne Avenue near Louis Street shortly before 3 o'clock when the five
men suddenly jumped out of the darkness and
"When I asked them what they wanted, one of the men spoke up and said 'drive us to the ferry.' I asked what ferry and he replied 'Gloucester'."
"Realizing that it would be foolhardy to refuse, I told the men to jump in. One of the men got in beside me in the front seat and jammed a revolver into my side and telling me that I had better not try any 'monkey business'."
"Thinking that the men were not familiar with Camden, I decided to take a long chance, in spite of the revolver in my side, and I drove up to Chestnut Street and down to Sixth, where the Second District police station is located, hoping some of the officers would be outside."
"The man sitting beside me was quick to notice the station, however and he commanded me to step on the gas, violently exclaiming "What in the he__ did you drive past that police station for, don't try anything like that again or I'll blow your damned head off."
"I tried to tell them that it was a firehouse, but they told me I was a liar and told me to get to Gloucester as quickly as I could or else they would knock me off and drive the car themselves."
"I thought is best for my health to obey orders after that and I took the to the Gloucester ferry. When I got there the bandits evidently changed their plans when the saw there was no boat in the docks."
Held Whispered Confab
"One of the men held his hands over my ears while they had a whispered conversation, after which they told me to drive them to Buena Vista Park, which I did."
"After we got there, the bandits climbed out and the two men with the guns pointed at me and told me to get back to Camden as fast as that old boat will go and don't stop to talk to anybody."
Klosterman said he considered himself
fortunate to get away from the bandits and he put on full speed and went to the Camden police
headquarters and informed the night sergeant of his experience. The police were
combing the Whitman Park section for the bandits at that time, and then immediately shifted their
According to Klosterman, the driver of the car was wounded in the face. He wore a handkerchief over the wound.
Policeman Ward was taken to the Homeopathic Hospital in the police ambulance. The bullet hd just missed his heart and physicians believe it punctured one of his lungs. His condition was reported as critical this morning. little hope is being held for his recovery.
Chase Precedes Capture
The capture of Dillon and Branin was preceded by
a thrilling chase over the railroad bridge at Kaighn Avenue and through a number of streets
in that vicinity. The two bandits proved fleet of foot and out distanced their pursuers, They
Several persons who attended a ball at Tenth and Kaighn Avenue joined Policeman Schilke and Pflederer in the pursuit of Dillon and Branin.
Several of the dancers were standing outside the hall talking about the shooting when one of them saw two forms skulking across the railroad bridge that crosses Kaighn Avenue, neat Tenth.
The men crouched down as the crossed the bridge in an effort to avoid being seen.
Schilke, Pflederer and several of the civilians started down the street and reached the bridge just in time to see the men dash down the incline and disappear into Sycamore Street. An exciting chase through the streets followed but the two bandits finally eluded their pursuers and dropped out of sight. The searchers then spread out in a dragnet fashion to comb the neighborhood.
Schilke and two civilians were walking along Ninth Street when they noticed two forms in the darkness on a porch.
"Come out of there" yelled Schilke as he pulled his revolver.
"Don't shoot, we'll come out" came back the frightened response and the two bandits meekly, but sullenly, gave themselves up.
Dillon Is Identified
Prior to being sent to police headquarters, the men were taken to the hospital where Policeman Ward positively identified Dillon as the man who fired he shot that hit him. Ward's brother also identified Dillon as the bandits were standing at the patrol box at Mt. Ephraim and Kaighn avenues awaiting the arrival of the wagon.
The machine abandoned by the bandits is a Buick touring car with a Pennsylvania license. It is believed to be a stolen car.
Detective Wood, of Philadelphia, today declared he is sure the bandits are the same gang that ran wild in Philadelphia two nights this week. Last Sunday night Branin us said to have engaged in a revolver duel with Lew Pistoff at Second and South Streets. Two weeks ago the Bauley gang took part in a battle at Seventy-ninth and Tinicum Streets, Philadelphia during which more than 690 shots were exchanged by the bandits and police.
Policeman Ward is 35 years of old and lives atr 1288 Liberty Street. He has a wife, Matilda, and a four-year-old son, Robert Jr. He was appointed on teh force May 28, 1918 and has been in the motorcycle squad for some time.
Benjamin Allen, 38 years old, colored, Eighth and Van Hook Streets, was arrested in suspicion this morning. He likely will be released today, however.
Dillon Changes Name
Dillon was grilled this morning by Prosecutor
Wescott, Chief of Detectives Doran and Captain of Detectives Schregler. He sad his correct name is
Edward C. DeGora. He admitted serving a term in the Glen Mills reformatory when he was 17 years
DeGora told the police he was driving the car at the time it hit the fireplug. His right wrist is fractured, a souvenir of the collision, he said.
Branin, brother of the other man under arrest appeared at police headquarters this
morning to learn the charges against his brother, He said the abandoned car
belonged to him and that he loaned it to Edward last night. He said
Police were satisfied that Joseph was not a member of the party of bandits, but he was held in $500 bail as a material witness.
|Camden Courier-Post - May 5, 1930|
Louis Street - Florence Street
Decatur Street - Mt. Ephraim Avenue
William G. Ritter - Peter English
Walter Wilkie - Ralph Bakley
Joseph Ward Sr. - E. Frank Pine
Clifford Del Rossi - Theodore Guthrie
Melvin Cain - William F. McGrath
Sylvester "Wes" McGrath, City Detective
Urquhart Ward - Robert Ward
John Smith - Maurice Mensch
Victor King - Michael Mathews
James E. Tatem - Arthur Colsey
Camden Courier-Post * October 16,1931
'FORGOTTEN' HOLDUP RECALLED IN CAPTURE OF FIFTH AS BANDIT
Police last night cleaned up an old case of highway robbery that occurred at Second and Mt. Vernon Streets last August when Edward A. Turner, 48, of 1104 Cresson Street, was robbed of his watch, chain and knife.
At the time of the hold-up, Turner told police there were four or five colored men in the robbery. Detectives Robert Ward and Clifford Carr arrested Earl Bundy, 17, of 819 Sycamore Street, who they said had the articles in his possession; also Charles Wing, 17, of 1012 Francis Street; Sherman Smith, 17, of 161 Ivins Street and William Jackman, 16, of 152 Sycamore Street. The last three pleaded guilty and were sentenced to Rahway Reformatory by Judge Samuel Shay.
Bundy pleaded not guilty and was lodged in the local jail.
Last night Ward and Carr with Patrolman Luke captured Oscar Moore, 19, of 135 Mt. Vernon Street as the fifth bandit. He will be held without bail on the same charge as the others..
Camden Courier-Post - October 26,1931
Suspects Caught as Series of Weekend Robberies Keep Police Busy
Loot valued at several hundred dollar was recovered and four men arrested over the weekend as many robberies were reported to police throughout South Jersey.
Three of the men arrested were captured in Gloucester when merchandise stolen from a Westville Grove store and garage was found in their automobile. The fourth man was arrested in Camden.
Those under arrest in Gloucester, are Joseph Rietseh, 47, of 1245 Palmer street; Joseph Dorman, 18, of 103 Chango street, and Charles Headley, 18, of 936 North Fourth street, all of Philadelphia.
The loot found in their car consisted of automobile tires, cigarettes, safety razors, tubes and other articles. It had been stolen from the store and garage of George A. Fields, Delsea Drive, Westville Grove.
The three men were arrested by Patrolmen Walter Lane and William Fowler. who stopped their car because it had but one headlight.
Taken back to Westville the three men were held without bail for the grand jury by Recorder Charles H. Benner.
Held For Theft
An investigation revealed he had picked it up as he passed the second-hand store of W. L. Ernest, 408 Federal Street, according to Patrolmen Walter Patton and Raymond Stark. Saunders will have a hearing today before Police Judge Pancoast, on a charge of larceny.
James Josephson, 3320 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, a salesman for the Household Institute of New York reported the loss of two cases of aluminum ware and an investigation was conducted by Detective Sylvester McGrath. Upon information he entered the apartment alleged to have been tenanted by John Harrigan, of 1289 Dayton Street and found the merchandise. Harrigan is said by the police to have left the apartment. The goods are valued at $150.
H. McMakin, of 119 West Pine Street, Audubon, reported to Detective Robert
Ward that he was held up at Pine
Street near Fifth on Sunday morning by three young men. They relieved
him of his watch, valued $35, and his drivers license. McMakin was unable
to describe the culprits.
William Harris, 53, of 1731 Fillmore Street, told Detective Clifford Carr he was relieved of his wallet containing $6.90 by an unknown man at Haddon Avenue and Copewood Street, Sunday morning. He described the man as being about 27 years old and wearing a light cap.
Hair Clipper Stolen
Waclaw Hermanolski, 1322 Mt. Ephraim Avenue, reported to police that someone entered his barbershop through a rear window and stole an electric hair clipper, massage vibrator and $15.
A grocery store operated by Joseph S. Eskowitz, of 1022 Broadway, was entered early yesterday and the thieves took three dozen cans of malt syrup valued at $12. Detective Benjamin Simon discovered the burglar gained his entrance by cutting a pane of glass out of the back window.
Louis E. Barnes, 21, colored, employed by the police department to catch a colored man who has been reported preying on unemployed and collecting money from them in promise of a job, has informed police that such a man got away from him on October 24. He is known to the police and will be picked up, they said.
Barnes said the man being sought told him to give him $2.50 for a white coat and he would get him a job in the kitchen of the Cooper Hospital. When Barnes returned with the money the man had disappeared..
C. Ward Family - circa 1933
Robert C. Jr., Urquhart A., Joseph G., & John A. Ward
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|Camden Courier-Post * January 6, 1936|
Roy A. Smith - Robert
Ashenfelter - John Sheeran - Jesse
Smith - Robert
Ward - Charles
Victor S. King - Roy R. Stewart - North 36th Street - Wright Avenue
Charles Rettberg - Theodore Rettberg - Melbourne James - Gordon McRae
January 7, 1936
For the Burial of Robert C. Ward
from Harry Leonard, Funeral Director
For the Burial of Matilda Ward
from Harry Leonard, Funeral Director
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