Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk, Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson and Collingswood Police Chief Richard Sarlo reported an investigation into two attempted carjackings followed by two carjackings Wednesday night.
The first incident took place between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital on Haddon Avenue in Camden. A nurse working there reported being approached by a man who demanded her keys as she walked toward her vehicle in the hospital parking lot. She said no twice and then walked toward a shuttle bus for hospital staff that arrived in the lot. The man then walked away.
It is believed the same man then tried to open a car door as it was stopped at a traffic light at White Horse Pike and Ferry Avenue in Camden. Stymied by a locked door, the man then got into the back seat of a vehicle also stopped at the light. He displayed a knife to the two women in the vehicle and ordered them to drive into Collingswood on Pacific Avenue.
Unarmed Lourdes security staff were notified of the incident in the hospital parking lot and followed the suspect to Collingswood, where he attempted to slash the tire on their vehicle. While following the Lourdes personnel contacted Collingswood Police.
On Pacific Avenue the suspect spotted a couple taking their baby out of a 2004 silver GMC Envoy with Pennsylvania plates. He got into that vehicle while the engine was still running and drove away with it, eluding the security guards in pursuit.
The Envoy was recovered about 10 a.m. this morning at 27th and Mickle streets in Camden. The suspect is still at large.
He is described as a black male weighing between 250 and 275 pounds. He stands approximately five feet seven inches to six feet tall.
Video of the suspect is attached.
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 on this, contact Collingswood Sgt. Guy Deritis at 856-854-2401 ext. 102 or Camden City Detective Mark Saunders at (609) 839-0794.