HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Atlantic County – As a result of a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), detectives from the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit arrested a Hamilton Township man who allegedly sent threatening messages on Facebook.
Craig L. Wyatt Jr., 20, has been charged with multiple counts of terroristic threats, theft of services, and harassment. He was lodged in the Atlantic County Jail in default of $35,000 bail. Criminal charges are also pending from nearly two dozen other local law enforcement agencies.
In July, NCMEC notified the New Jersey State Police that an individual using the name Jimmy Raketerra sent a threatening message to a juvenile from Browns Mills. On Aug. 3, state police detectives were contacted by the Voorhees Township Police Department for assistance with four separate juvenile victims receiving threats via Facebook.
A bulletin was sent to all New Jersey law enforcement agencies to ascertain if there were any other victims related to this complaint. Twenty-one police departments located additional victims that said they had been threatened by the same person.
Detectives analyzing information Wyatt as a suspect. On Thursday, Sept. 20, police located and interviewed Wyatt at his residence. According to authorities, he admitted to using multiple Facebook accounts, email addresses, and phone numbers to communicate with his victims. He allegedly would tell the victims that they had a few weeks left to live, so they should spend their time wisely.
Officials are asking anyone with information that could assist with this investigation to contact the New Jersey State Police at 1-609-584-5051, ext. 5624
The charges are merely accusations. Wyatt is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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