State Police nab one of New Jersey’s Most Wanted fugitives

Dequan McNeil was arrested by a combined law enforcement task force.

The New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, working with the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, in Reading, Pennsylvania, this morning arrested Dequan McNeil, 36, of Brooklyn, N.Y., who was a fugitive on New Jersey’s Most Wanted list for a host of charges stemming from a 2016 home invasion.

On November 9, 2016, McNeil and two accomplices are alleged to have forcefully entered a residence in Woodbine, N.J.

During the invasion, the homeowner was severely beaten while her small children were bound and locked in a room. The suspects eventually fled the home, stealing electronics and several other items.

Based on the investigation led by the Troop “A” Criminal Investigation Office and troopers from Woodbine Station, Justin Farrow, 22, of Wildwood, N.J., and Malik Francis, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were both arrested and charged in August of 2017.

Through various investigative means, State Police detectives, working with the U.S. Marshals Service and the New York Police Department, determined that McNeil was hiding from law enforcement in Reading, P.A.

As a result, he was located and arrested at a residence on Walnut Street without incident. He was lodged at the Bucks County Correctional Facility where he awaits extradition to New Jersey.

McNeil was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, terroristic threats, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child in connection to the home invasion.

The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Reading Police Department also assisted with the investigation. This case will be prosecuted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.

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