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Asbury Park Man Charged With Kidnapping, Luring 11-Year-Old

Asbury Park

“ By: Yuritza Arroyo

Monmouth County authorities announced that an Asbury Park man has been arrested and criminally charged with luring and kidnapping an 11-year-old girl off the street last week 

According to officials, Raquan M. Folk, 29, is charged with first-degree Kidnapping, second-degree Luring a Child, and third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child via Sexual Conduct.

Officials say at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, the victim was walking on Ridge Avenue in Asbury Park when a man, later identified as Folk, pulled up to her in a white Kia and convinced her to get inside, according to an investigation involving members of the MCPO Special Victims Bureau and the Asbury Park Police Department. 

Folk then drove to neighboring Neptune Township, stopped the vehicle, and told the victim to disrobe, prompting her to ask to use a bathroom.

Police said when Folk then stopped at a vehicle service station, she ran, flagged down a passerby, and was taken to the Neptune Township Police Department. 

Folk was taken into custody without incident on Thursday and transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) pending a detention hearing to take place in Monmouth County Superior Court.

The State is filing a motion to keep him detained as the criminal case against him proceeds.