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Knife-Wielding Carjacker Draws Police from Three Towns [UPDATED]

Officers from Camden to Delran are searching for a man they say carjacked two vehicles and attempted to rob a woman at knifepoint. A gas station robbery in Delran may be connected.

Police from Camden City and Collingswood are on the lookout for a man they say carjacked two vehicles and attempted to rob a woman at knifepoint this evening.

Their target is described as a bearded black male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and around 250 pounds.

Initial reports also connected these incidents with a gas station robbery in Delran that occurred sometime after the second carjacking; as the investigation widens, that may or may not be accurate, Collingswood Police said later Wednesday evening.

Police are also not yet certain if the perpetrator in these incidents is the same man involved in the stabbing and robbery of a Gulf gas station attendant on Feb. 15, but early reports seem to indicate that he fits the description of that assailant.

The first incident occurred at 5:45 p.m., when a woman was approached by the man in the parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden City.

When the man allegedly demanded money at knifepoint, the woman fled and hopped a shuttle bus at the hospital. The driver of that bus called in the attack to police, and tracked her assailant as he walked down Ferry Avenue.

Both the driver and the female victim then watched as the same man reportedly carjacked a 60-year-old Pennsauken woman. The driver reported the license plate number of her vehicle to police, but then lost sight of it.

Shortly thereafter, Collingswood Police were notified of a carjacking on Pacific Avenue in Collingswood, in which a 20-year-old woman surrendered her vehicle to the same man at knifepoint.

While they were investigating that incident, said Collingswood Police Chief Richard Sarlo said, Collingswood police got a call that the vehicle taken at Pacific Avenue was involved in a gas station robbery in Delran.

Collingswood Police confirmed that all three female victims were physically unharmed in the respective incidents. 

Sarlo advised that drivers should always keep their cars locked while driving or stopped in traffic.

"If someone attempts to enter, put some distance between yourself and him or her," he said.

Sarlo also said that victims of such a crime should immediately report them to police.

"A lot of times in these cases, people will drive home before reporting," Sarlo said, giving their attacker more time to get away.

Police identified the make and model of the vehicle used in the Delran robbery as a silver 2004 GMC Envoy with Pennsylvania license plates HTY 6220. Anyone with any information on these incidents is asked to contact Collingswood Det. Sgt. Guy DeRitis at 856-854-2401 x102.

This story last was updated at 11 p.m. Feb. 20.

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JustALocalGuy February 21, 2013 at 03:07 AM
And thanks to the laws of the great state of NJ, most of us are completely defenseless against maniacs like this.
Rev. Deborah Kalinowski February 21, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Why, oh, why does NJ not allow it's citizens to concealed carry guns???!!! I've kept legal guns in my home for self defense for over 10 years. Why am I not legally permitted to carry my self defense tool of choice with me whenever I venture out of the house alone - especially at night?? Vomiting or urinating on an armed attacker doesn't make me feel safe!!
electrichorseman February 21, 2013 at 08:18 AM
This would have never happen if knives were banned. We need tougher laws to ban knives! When will this senseless knife violence stop??? Who knows how many lives will be wasted until we ban knives! I'm calling my senator tomorrow and demand that he implement laws to ban all knives.
JustALocalGuy February 21, 2013 at 01:12 PM
NJ already has strong laws against carrying knives. This story is an excellent example of why those laws are stupid.
Maryann Campling February 21, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Suggested by the current "powers that be" (anti-2nd Amendment crowd)....if we are attacked we should: vomit, urinate or fake a faint....I am not making this up. I am sure that these ideas would deter a mugger or rapist!
GFY February 21, 2013 at 03:35 PM
I like my odds better gainst the guy with the knife than against you yahoos, driving around with guns shooting at anyone that scares you.
Arizona Maria February 21, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Used to live in NJ. Now live in AZ. I used to fear being carjacked in NJ. I don't here. Knowing that many people carry guns here is a strong deterrent to this type of crime. Those of us who carry guns are also trained in their use. Doubt this type of crime could have happened here. We are not yahoos. We are trained in self defense.
Porterincollingswood February 21, 2013 at 04:37 PM
What would Congressman Giffords have to say about this post, I wonder?
Porterincollingswood February 21, 2013 at 04:39 PM
PS - nice work putting an armed posse of child sex offenders into your schools to protect them from shooters. Yeah, you guys aren't 'yahoos' at all.
Barb Rivera February 21, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Keep your doors locked.. If this man approaches your vehicle run him over! As for the people that feel you should be allowed to carry arms.. Think hard about that! I can see it now.. Someone beeps their horn too much, someone drives to slow in front of you when you are in a hurry.. Road Rage kicks in and bullets fly! Dumb! Dumb! Dumb!
GFY February 21, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Yes. I'm sure every gun owner is "trained in self defense". Proably why you never hear of accidental shootings.
Aaron Kuhn February 21, 2013 at 07:12 PM
They're already ahead of you and wouldn't understand the irony anyways. http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2013/02/assemblyman_wilson_proposes_we.html Text of proposed law: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/A1500/1387_R1.HTM Note the lack of definition on "dangerous knife".
Marie February 22, 2013 at 01:20 AM
There may well be opinions on this issue before - that may differ from those you have after you have been the victim.
JustALocalGuy February 22, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Well Barb, as someone who does have concealed carry permits in several states, I can assure you that isn't how it works. The fact is, people who carry *avoid* trouble, because we know just what a weighty responsibility it is. Just because *you* can't control your emotions doesn't mean *I* shouldn't be allowed to carry a firearm for self defense. People who follow the law to get CCW permits aren't the problem. All the scumbag criminals who carry regardless of the law, ARE. But by all means, continue to malign a whole class of people you don't know, because of your ignorance on the subject. It lets everyone know just how "Dumb! Dumb! Dumb!" you are.
jfishr May 02, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Ever wonder why the make ice cream in so many flavors? IJS.....

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