CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
2224 Federal Street
The Obsession Lounge was known as the U-Needa-A Cafe, which was a fixture on Federal Street in East Camden for over 50 years. In the mid-1990s the bar was sold, and was known as the Obsession Lounge for a few years.
As The Obsession Lounge, the bar began to attract an unsavory element, and was the site of several arrests and a murder, which led to the bar eventually changing hands.
Shortly after a January 31, 2002 shooting outside of the bar, it was sold again, and as of this writing in September of 2003 was known as the Tierra Dominicana Bar, and caters to the Community in Camden that hails from the Dominican Republic. Further criminal activity led to the bar's permanent closing shortly thereafter.
OF THE SHERIFF
from Louisiana since 1997 arrested in Camden
Sheriff Michael W. McLaughlin announced that on November 16, 2001, at approximately 1125 hours Stephan Pongratz, 48 years old, was arrested without incident in the 2300 block of Federal Street, Camden, New Jersey by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Jersey Violent Crime Task Force and members of the Camden County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit.
Mr. Pongratz was charged with the armed robbery and murder of two (2) Dominican males from Avondale, Louisiana on October 12, 1997 and has remained a fugitive until this date. The Federal Bureau of Investigations Task Force developed information that led investigators to the Obsession Lounge in the 2300 block of Federal Street, Camden, New Jersey where he was apprehended outside the lounge.
Stephan Pongratz was charged with being a fugitive from Louisiana and remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility without bail pending extradition to Louisiana
Sheriff McLaughlin said his officers are actively involved in the Task Force and use their knowledge of the area to help bring the areas most wanted Federal fugitives to justice.
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