Perth Amboy officials mum on child abduction

Mayor Wilda Diaz and law enforcement officials did not comment about a report from city police that two strangers attempted to abduct a 12 year old child in Perth Amboy.

Vanessa Reyes, a 33 year-old mother, said that her son he was accosted by two people dressed in black with their faces covered in masks that exposed only the eyes when he went to the store on the corner by her house yesterday.

“Perth Amboy is dangerous,” said Reyes, who said she reacted when her son called her as one assailant pulled the child by his jacket and said to the other “take it” in English, referring to the bag the boy was carrying.

The presumed kidnappers fled when the mother appeared in response to her son’s cry for help.

“Thank God, I took care of my son at the time and nothing happened,” said Reyes. “The police came we made a report and it’s all under investigation.”

The sergeant in charge at the Perth Amboy Police Department Thursday evening refused to give any details about the alleged incident.

“People do not leave your children alone at any time (because) there are many things going on in this city that no one knows,” said the mother.

“That moment I lived was something I do not wish anyone,” said Reyes. “It was something horrible. Take care of your children.”

A surge in violent crime has emerged as a key issue in the ongoing election for mayor, where Diaz — who named herself police director — is seeking a fourth term after 12½ years in City Hall.

A local attorney who is challenging Diaz, Joseph B. Vas, has claimed that political interference in the police force has left a majority of reported crime unsolved while millions of taxpayer dollars are being wasted to settle misconduct, brutality and wrongful death lawsuits.

Vas also called out Diaz for promoting her campaign manager, the son of a former councilman, as an acting captain in the police force despite the fact that he is not qualified for the post.

Police Chief Roman McKeon, a Diaz appointee, recently appeared in a video with the Mayor and falsely stated that “Perth Amboy is one of the safest cities in New Jersey.”

In fact, Perth Amboy is one of the most dangerous municipalities in the Garden State, according to both the FBI and that State Police Uniform Crime Reporting bureau. The crime rate in Perth Amboy is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America, according to Neighborhood Scout.

Based on FBI crime data, Perth Amboy is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to New Jersey, Perth Amboy has a crime rate that is higher than 72% of the state’s cities and towns of all sizes.

The Neighborhood Scout website goes on to say: “From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Perth Amboy occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America.”

Even more alarming is that statistically in 2019 violent crimes in Perth Amboy went unsolved 82.23% of the time, as reported to the State of New Jersey Uniform Crime Reporting data.


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