Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Cash award will be offered for information in Lakewood abduction case

A significant cash award will be given out for information that helps solve the case of a 20-year-old township woman who was abducted, sexually assaulted and then returned to a Lakewood shopping plaza Monday morning.

The woman was abducted at about 8:45 Sunday night after working at a local gym and then returned to the same shopping plaza about eight hours later. Police have made no arrests and have no suspects in custody.

The reward was announced this afternoon in an impromptu press conference held by Mayor Meir Lichtenstein. The money is not sponsored by the township or the police department and is a
donation from community members, Lichtenstein said.

The details of the reward -- including whether the information received must lead to an arrest or conviction -- will be released either tonight or tomorrow, Lichtenstein said. In the meantime, anyone with information can call Detective Lt. Joseph Isnardi at (732) 363-0200, ext. 5332.

At the press conference, Capt. Robert Lawson also updated the description of the suspect's sport utility vehicle. Police are looking for a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, with rear tinted windows, gold rims and no running boards, Lawson said. The truck's color is a dark olive green.

The SUV's model year is between 1995 and 1997. The license plates are believed to be from either New York or New Jersey.


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