RAHWAY – Friday, a Rahway woman was charged with first-degree kidnapping for allegedly abducting a three year old girl from an Elizabeth thrift store last week.
Eyvonne Alexander, 54, was arrested on Oct. 16 following a frantic five-hour search for the girl, who was taken earlier in the day while she was shopping with her mother at Unique Thrift Store on Broad Street, police said.
The store’s security cameras captured video footage of the abduction, police said. The kidnapper, wearing what appeared to be a bushy black wig, just led the girl outside.
The child was found unharmed five miles away at a Rahway gas station a gas station at Whittier Street and West Grand Avenue where Alexander’s husband works, according to police. She was reunited with her mother at Trinitas Hospital, where she was taken for an evaluation, authorities said.
Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said that authorities found items relating to the crime when they searched Alexander’s nearby home. She was taken to Union County Jail and her bail was set a $500,000. Police had not determined a motive for the abduction, and had not found any apparent connection between Alexander and the girl’s family.
Rahway police Detective Sgt. Gene DeCarlo urged Rahway residents to sign up for the Wireless Amber Alert service. The Amber Alert program was utilized in the search for the missing Elizabeth girl.
“When citizens and law enforcement work together, it becomes very difficult for would be abductors to operate in our community,” DeCarlo said.
Rahway residents can sign up to receive wireless Amber Alert information at RahwayPAL.org.
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