PENNS GROVE — As Yasime Taylor rushed to aid her dying boyfriend, the man who just shot him jumped into the distraught woman’s car and took off with her one-year-old son in the back seat.
For Taylor, the news about her son would be good — he was found safe and unharmed. But for her boyfriend, Jakaye Ingram, his wounds were fatal, authorities said.
On Sunday the search for a suspect in the case came to an end.
Hakeem Williams, 31, who used addresses in both Penns Grove and Philadelphia surrendered late in the afternoon at the Philadelphia Police Department’s 24thPrecinct, authorities said.
Williams was charged with murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, armed robbery, kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Salem County Chief of Detectives Brian Facemyer.
Williams is also expected to face additional charges in the killing.
He was being held in Philadelphia on $1 million bail awaiting extradition back to Salem County.
“This was a tragic situation that could have been much worse if the one-year-old victim had not been recovered in such a rapid manner,” Salem County Prosecutor John T. Lenahan said Sunday. “Our hearts go out to the family of the victim.”
Ingram and Taylor, who are the parents of the boy, are from Pennsville.
According to Lenahan, the drama unfolded Saturday afternoon a little after 4 p.m. when Ingram, 24, was driving Taylor’s blue Volkswagen Jetta south on South Broad Street.
Near Church Street, in front of the cemetery across from Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Ingram stopped the car and got out, the prosecutor said. He and Williams who was walking on the sidewalk became engaged in a confrontation and Williams allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Ingram multiple times.
Taylor got out of the passenger seat and ran to aid Ingram who was leaning against the cemetery’s wrought iron fence, authorities said. When she looked around, she saw Williams allegedly jump into her car, make a U-turn and drive off, heading north.
Lenahan said Taylor’s help enabled authorities to immediately put out an alert about the missing car containing the child, whose name was not released.
About an hour after Ingram was shot, a passer-by in the area of Fifth and Wood streets in Philadelphia saw the vehicle with the one-year-old alone in the back seat still strapped into his car seat. They called 911, Lenahan said, and Philadelphia police responded to the scene.
The child was unharmed. The abandoned vehicle had been left parked in a parking space. But there was no sign of the driver.
The boy was brought back to Salem County and reunited with Taylor, 26.
Ingram was taken to The Memorial Hospital of Salem County, Mannington Township, where he was pronounced dead.
Lenahan Sunday said it was unclear what sparked the confrontation that lead to Ingram’s shooting was about.
No weapon was recovered.
Anyone with information about the incident should still call the Penns Grove Police Department at 856-299-0055 or Lt. Fred Parkell at the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-935-7510 Ext. 8621.
“We’d like to thank local, state and federal law enforcement agencies for their prompt actions to recover the child and their efforts to find and apprehend Williams,” Lenahan said.
The killing is the second homicide in Salem County in 2016. The other was the death of a young child at a Salem City apartment complex. A suspect has been charged in that case.