In Camden, is crime so rampant that a fatal stabbing doesn't prompt passing motorists to call police?
A video released Monday by police showing just that scenario would suggest so.
A suspect was caught on camera early Saturday stabbing a man to death on a Camden street as several cars drove past. None of the motorists stopped.
Investigators said Timothy Appling, 57, was stabbed multiple times during an attempted robbery near Broadway and Atlantic avenues just before 3 a.m. He died several hours later at Cooper University Hospital.
Officials on Monday released surveillance footage of the killing. The video shows Appling, dressed in dark-colored clothing, crossing at the intersection as his killer, wearing a lighter-colored Carhartt jacket, walks across Atlantic Avenue and catches up with him. The two men walk side-by-side for several seconds until they reach a telephone pole, where authorities said the attack began.
At least five cars can clearly be seen in the video driving past the fatal assault. One vehicle even appears to come to a stop, while a second turns around and slowly drives past the struggling men for a second time. But none of the motorists intervened or called police.
Authorities are now asking those drivers to come forward with clues about the crime. "Even the smallest piece of information could prove critical in identifying the suspect," a release from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office read.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Det. Lance Saunders at 856-225-8513 or Camden Police Det. Luis Sanchez at 856-757-7420.
WARNING: Graphic video