Police: 'Facebook Stalker' Terrorized Victims Throughout South Jersey
New Jersey State Police say 20-year-old Craig L. Wyatt Jr. used social media to make death threats against random victims.
Imagine getting a random Facebook message from a stranger saying: You only have a few weeks left to live, so spend your time wisely.
That's exactly what happened to multiple victims in southern New Jersey at the hands of a man who's been labled by state police as the "Facebook Stalker."
State Police announced Wednesday afternoon that they've arrested the Hamilton Township, Atlantic County resident who was allegedly terrorizing random victims online since the summer.
Crail L. Wyatt Jr., 20, was charged with multiple counts of making terroristic threats, theft of services, and harassment. He was held in the Atlantic County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bail.
State police said the investigation began in July, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified them that someone using the screen name "Jimmy Raketerra" sent a threatening message to a juvenile from Browns Mills, Burlington County. On Aug. 3, state police detectives were contacted by the Voorhees Township Police Department; Camden County for assistance with an investigation into four separate juvenile victims receiving threats via Facebook.
State police sent a bulletin to all New Jersey law-enforcement agencies seeking any other victims in the case. Twenty-one police departments located additional victims that said they had been threatened by the same person. Detectives analyzing information identified Wyatt Jr. as a suspect. On Sept. 20, detectives located and interviewed Wyatt at his residence. He admitted to using multiple Facebook accounts, email addresses, and phone numbers to communicate with his victims, state police said.
"It appears that the vicitims were random," said Sgt. Adam Grossman, a state police spokesman.
Wyat faces additional charges from the following law-enforcement agencies:
Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Bellmawr, Bordentown, Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Deptford, Denville, Easthampton, Egg Harbor, Evesham, Florham Park, Gloucester Township, Hamilton Township (Atlantic County), Merchantville, Mount Holly, Pemberton, Southampton, Toms River, Voorhees and West Deptford.
Anyone with information that could assist with this investigation is asked to contact the New Jersey State Police at 609-584-5051, ext. 5624.