Authorities were searching for a man suspected of trying to abduct women in South Jersey and robbing another woman in Pennsylvania during three attacks over the past month.
The assailant followed a woman into an elevator, pressed a handgun to her back and said, “you know what this is,” in one incident Nov. 4 at the Royal Athena Apartment Complex in the Bala Cynwyd-section of Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, according to police.
The woman managed to run away and the assailant fled, police said. He was carrying a roll of tape at the time. That incident was being investigated as an attempted robbery, according to Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael J. McGrath.
Investigators suspect the same man was responsible for two attempted abductions in Cherry Hill.
Police said the assailant started a “friendly conversation” with a woman Nov. 14 at the Plaza Grande Apartments in Cherry Hill before he knocked her to the ground. She screamed and the attacker fled.
At the same apartment complex on Nov. 20, the man struck up a conversation with the victim and followed her to an elevator, authorities said. He pulled a gun and robbed the woman of her bags, led her back outside of the elevator, tried to force her into the trunk of a car and threatened to shoot the victim.
The woman fought back and the robber pistol-whipped her in the face before she was able to escape, police said.
Police released images of the suspect and a Nissan Altima sedan he was driving in the Lower Merion incident. Authorities said the car’s license plate was covered, but they believe it was a Pennsylvania tag.
Cherry Hill police said the suspect was described as 35-to-40 years old, approximately 5-foot, 10- inches tall, with a thin build, and wavy black and gray hair.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Cherry Hill police at 856-432-8825 or [email protected], or Lower Merion investigators at 610-645-6231.
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