ATLANTIC CITY: The Atlantic City Police Department was requested to assist in the apprehension of Marquise Johnson who was wanted for murder in Pennsylvania. Johnson barricaded himself inside a residence. Patrol officers along with the department’s Emergency Response Team consisting of SWAT, Crisis Negotiators and Bomb Squad responded. After approximately four hours, Johnson surrendered and was taken into custody.
This incident occurred during the heavy rain and dangerous lightning that occurred last night. Roadways surrounding the residence were blocked off.
Atlantic City PBA Local #24
The following is from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office:
CODY REED AND MARQUISE JOHNSON FOUND AND ARRESTED BY U.S. MARSHALS IN ATLANTIC CITY
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and West Norriton Police Chief Michael Kelly announce the arrest of Cody Reed, 23, of Norristown, and Marquise Johnson, 23, of Philadelphia, who were being sought on charges of First-Degree Murder in the killing of Daquan Tucker on March 3, 2023.
U.S. Marshals, with assistance from Atlantic City Police and the Atlantic City Police SWAT, arrested Reed and Johnson last night at an Airbnb on North Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City. Reed was arrested without incident at approximately 5:15 p.m., but Johnson was not in the apartment at the time. Johnson returned to the Airbnb at approximately 7:30 p.m. and barricaded himself inside the rental unit. The standoff ended at 11:14 p.m., when the Atlantic City SWAT entered the apartment and arrested Johnson after finding him hiding inside a washing machine.
On March 3, 2023, Tucker’s body was found at approximately 9 a.m., when a bicyclist reported to 911 what looked like a body about 100 feet off the Schuylkill River Trail. The ensuing investigation by West Norriton Police and Montgomery County Detectives found that Tucker arrived at Reed’s residence at approximately 7 p.m. the night before, and the three men walked toward the Schuylkill River Trail, close to where Tucker’s body was found. Tucker, Reed and Johnson, all of whom knew each other, then went on the trail where Tucker was shot multiple times.
Reed and Johnson are charged with First-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Murder, Third-Degree Murder, Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Person Not to Possess a Firearm and related charges. The defendants will be extradited back to Montgomery County and then will be arraigned. There is no bail available for First-Degree Murder charges.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant Chief of Trials Kathleen McLaughlin and Assistant District Attorney Caitlin O’Malley.
CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.