PLEASANTVILLE — A city man, still on the loose, is charged with the murder of another resident. Two others tried to coerce a witness into staying quiet, police said.

police car (Dmitriy Eremenkov, ThinkStock)
police car (Dmitriy Eremenkov, ThinkStock)

Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain charged Hassan Montague-Reed, 22, with first-degree murder in the death of Mark Smith, 19, of Pleasantville in the early hours of last Friday. Police found Smith on the ground bleeding from his head at a home on Vola Lane. The injury was later determined to be gunshot wounds to the head and neck, according to McClain.

Two other Pleasantville residents, Dijon X. Emory, 19, and Shaheedah T. Frisby, 21 along with Montague-Reed are charged with kidnapping. They allegedly locked a witness to the shooting in the basement of an Abbey Lane residence where Montague-Reed and Emory lived, in order to get the witness to stay quiet.

Emory and Frisby were arrested the next day and sent to the Atlantic County Jail pending $500,000 bail on kidnapping and witness tampering charges.

Montague-Reed remains at large and also faces kidnapping and witness tampering charges, and will be held pending $1 million bail, McClain said.

McClain said anyone with information on Montague-Reed's whereabouts should call the prosecutor's Office at 609-909-7666 or Pleasantville Police at 609-641-6100.

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