Police In Camden County Searching For Suspect In Carjacking Spree
CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – Police in Camden County are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with two attempted carjackings and two carjackings, all in one night.
On Wednesday between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m., a nurse working at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital on Haddon Avenue in Camden was approached by a man who demanded her keys as she walked toward her car in the parking lot. She said no twice, and then walked toward a shuttle bus for hospital staff that had arrived in the lot. The man then walked away.
Later, it’s believed that the same man tried to open a car door while it was stopped at a traffic light at White Horse Pike and Ferry Avenue in Camden. The door was locked, so the man then got into the back seat of another car also stopped at the light. He displayed a knife to two women in the vehicle and demanded they drive him to Collingwood on Pacific Avenue.
Lourdes security had been notified of the incident in the hospital parking lot and followed the suspect to Collingswood, where he attempted to slash a tire on their vehicle. Lourdes personnel contacted Collingswood police.
On Pacific Avenue, the suspect spotted a couple taking their child out of a 2004 silver GMC Envoy with Pa. plates. He got into that car while the engine was still running and was able to elude guards and drive away with it.
The Envoy was recovered at 27th and Mickle Streets in Camden on Thursday morning.
The suspect, who is still at large, is described as a black male weighing between 250 and 275 lbs. He is about 5’7” to 6’ tall.
Police are investigating whether these incidents have any connection with a gas station robbery on Route 130 in Collingswood Friday night. There is no information that indicates there is a connection between this suspect and a gas station attendant murder in Willingboro, as initial reports suggested. These appear to be unrelated crimes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Collingswood Sgt. Guy Deritis at 856-854-2401 ext. 102 or Camden City Detective Mark Saunders at (609) 839-0794.