Fugitive Captured After Running Away From Halfway House

According to reports, a fugitive in New Jersey was captured on Friday, nearly a week after evading arrest.

The New Jersey Department of Corrections announced that Edward Berbon, 54, was apprehended by a fugitive team before 3 p.m. in Camden without incident.

In a prepared statement, Commissioner Victoria L. Kuhn expressed her gratitude to the Special Investigation Division for their efforts in locating and apprehending the suspect and the efforts of the New Jersey Department of Correction’s Fugitive Unit, which she said is among the finest in the country.

A report shows Berbon was supposed to return to his Camden County halfway home on September 23 after his job shift in Mount Laurel, but he never showed up. According to authorities, the work release program aims to facilitate the readjustment of prisoners whose sentences are winding down.

After spending a few months in a residential institution getting treatment, participants are released back into their communities to serve the balance of their terms under parole monitoring.
This program offers an alternative to imprisonment for those who have committed technical parole violations or are being released from jail with specific parole conditions. The initiative provides parolees a midway house between incarceration and regular parole release by placing them in secure residential institutions.

Police say there was no indication that Berbon constituted a danger to the community.

Reports show after being arrested in 2005 for attempting to kill his parents, Berbon was given a release date of February 12, 2024.

Hours after his release from jail in July 2004, he allegedly assaulted his parents at their Hamilton Township, Mercer County residence. Both of his parents are still alive and well. Authorities have no idea what initiated the assaults on them.

Berbon’s criminal background includes time behind bars for both theft and robbery.