EGG HARBOR TWP., NJ (WPVI) — Two YouTubers helped lead authorities to another alluring suspect in Atlantic County, New Jersey, police say.
The incident happened around 8 p.m. Sunday at a hotel in Egg Harbor Township.
Police say the duo run a YouTube channel where they pose as children to try to catch child predators.
In this case, police say they pretended to be a 15-year-old boy and made plans to meet up with a grown man at the hotel for sex.
According to police, when the adult arrived at the hotel, he was confronted by the YouTube creators. They captured their interaction on video. According to police, the adult fled the scene in a vehicle.
Investigators identified the suspect as 53-year-old Raymond Effinger Jr. of Hammonton.
Police say: “Efforts to get Effinger to turn himself in have been unsuccessful.”
The Hammonton Police Department was called in to help locate Effinger.
He was found and arrested on Wednesday evening.
Effinger was charged with baiting, which could carry a fine of up to $150,000 and five to 10 years in prison.
The same YouTubers led police to another alluring suspect just hours earlier on Sunday.
Police say the duo communicated online and via text message with 57-year-old Philadelphia native Roger Tomes.
They told police Tomes thought he was meeting a 15-year-old girl on his boat to have sex at Graef’s boatyard.
After the police made inquiries, they arrested Tomes and charged him with luring.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to email CID@ehtpd.com or call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS).
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