Suspect in Penns Grove Attempted Murder Arrested, Police Say

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A local resident has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting earlier this month in which a man was struck by bullets in his head and leg, authorities said.

Dantavis Dukes, 22, of Penns Grove, was arrested this week for the shooting that left Anthony Montalvo, 21, wounded, Penns Grove Police Sgt. Orlando Pagan said Tuesday.

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Dukes was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals around 3 p.m. Monday in a Westville courtroom. Dukes was in that court on a matter unrelated to the Penns Grove shooting.

According to Pagan, police were called to South Broad Street at 7:25 p.m. Nov. 9 to investigate the report of a shooting. There they found Montalvo wounded.

Montalvo was taken to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware for treatment. Although shot in the back of the head and in his leg, he survived the incident, police said.

Pagan credited the work of Penns Grove Det. Jason Spera, who headed the investigation, and partnering agencies in arresting a suspect.

“We thank the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office and U.S. Marshal’s Service or their help,” Pagan said Tuesday afternoon. “As a team we were able to remove a violent criminal from the streets of Penns Grove.”

Dukes was charged with attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and theft, according to Pagan.

Dukes is being held in the Salem County Correctional Facility, Mannington Township, on $150,000 cash bail.