SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In a post on the department's Facebook page yesterday afternoon, Springfield police announced the arrest of a suspect on charges of luring.
According to police, the department was alerted to a possible luring incident that had been reported near Baltusrol Way at approximately 3:30 p.m. Officers immediately responded to the scene to attempt to locate the suspect and to ensure the victim’s safety.
After the report of the incident, Sergeant Ryan Westover spotted a vehicle traveling on Morris Turnpike that matched the description given by the victim. He initiated a motor-vehicle stop, during which the driver was positively identified as the subject involved in the incident, and placed under arrest.
James Simmons, 28, of Newark, NJ was charged by Springfield Police with harassment and multiple motor vehicle violations. Additionally, Simmons had an active warrant from Irvington, NJ.
Detective Sgt. James Mirabile, Detectives Anthony Voorhees and Foster Ziegler, Corporal Marc McBratney, and Officer Gregory Weinstock all assisted in the investigation, according to police.
For police Chief John Cook, the work of officers in the department to apprehend the suspect was admirable.
“The officers’ immediate response to this incident, along with excellent investigative work and dedication to the safety of the public, led to another successful apprehension by our police department,” Cook said.