Mays Landing couple charged for holding female victim against her will

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Two people were arrested and charged for holding a female acquaintance against her will while engaging in an argument with her.

A 911 call from the woman was received at 12:36 pm. Atlantic City police officers were dispatched to the first block of north Missouri Avenue after the woman reported to 911 that she was being chased by a male with a gun who was driving a silver Chevy Equinox.

“Officers arrived in the area but did not locate a victim. Moments later, police communications received a second 911 call from a concerned citizen who witnessed two females in a fight at the corner of Missouri and Atlantic Avenues,” an official with the Atlantic City Police Department said. “It was further reported that one of the females was forced into a silver Chevy Equinox by an unidentified male before the vehicle sped off. The concerned citizen took down the license plate information and forwarded it to police communications.”

Police began investigating the incident and tracked the victim back to a gas station on Atlantic Avenue using video surveillance footage.

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The footage confirmed the woman’s claims in the 911 call.

Detective Thomas McCabe of the Criminal Investigations Section tracked down the registered owner of the Chevy Equinox who lived in Mays Landing.

“Sergeants Garry Stowe and Daniel Arra and Officers Justin Peyton and Brandon Bower, responded to the registered owner’s address where Hamilton Township police officers met with them. The investigation led the officers to a residence in the immediate vicinity of the registered owner’s residence,” ACPD said.

Sharrik Molley, 52, and Gina Hernandez, 29, were positively identified and arrested. Officers located a loaded handgun in their home. The victim was also located safely by the officers inside the residence.

Molley was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, criminal restraint, aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a weapon, and certain persons not to possess weapons (2 counts).

Hernandez was charged with criminal restraint and simple assault.