2023 News Release

May 31, 2023

Office of Public Information Unit (609) 882-2000
Lt. Lawrence Peele - ext. 6531
Sgt. Philip Curry - ext. 6515
Tpr. II Charles Marchan - ext. 6513

State Police Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Man Wanted for an Attempted Child Abduction

West Trenton, N.J. -The New Jersey State Police Port Norris Station is seeking the public's assistance with identifying an unknown male for allegedly attempting to abduct a child in Cumberland County.

On May 28, at approximately 12:20 p.m., an unidentified man allegedly attempted to abduct a 7-year-old boy from the Dorchester Wawa located at 3904 State Highway 47 in Maurice River. According to the victim, the suspect entered the Wawa restroom and offered the boy candy to leave with him. The boy declined his invitation, at which point the man grabbed the boy’s arm and attempted to physically remove him from the store. The boy immediately resisted, broke free from the man’s grasp, and ran to his mother who was using the female restroom. The suspect departed prior to being located by the child's family.

The suspect is described as a white male with gray thinning hair combed to the back. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a maroon or burgundy colored t-shirt. It is believed that the suspect departed the Wawa in a white Toyota 4-Runner.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Jersey State Police Port Norris Station at 856-785-0036.

Anonymous tips are welcome.

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Suspect's Vehicle

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Attempted Abduction Suspect - Photo 1

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Attempted Abduction Suspect - Photo 2

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Attempted Abduction Suspect - Photo 3

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Port Norris Attempted Abduction Suspect

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