Sep. 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM ET
A Hamilton Township, N.J. man is accused of sending threatening messages on Facebook to several young people across South Jersey.
Craig Wyatt Jr., 20, was arrested by the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit and investigators say charges are pending from nearly two dozen law enforcement agencies.
Wyatt told his victims they had a few weeks left to live, so they should spend their time wisely, according to investigators.
The investigation into the Facebook threats began to unfold in July, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) notified the New Jersey State Police that someone going by the name Jimmy Raketerra sent a threatening message to a juvenile from Browns Mills.
On Aug. 3, state police detectives were contacted by the Voorhees Township Police Department for assistance with four separate juvenile victims receiving threats via Facebook.
A bulletin was sent to all New Jersey Law Enforcement agencies to find out if there were other victims. Twenty-one police departments located victims, some adult females, who said they had been threatened by the same person.
Detectives identified Wyatt as the suspect. They interviewed Wyatt at his home on Sept. 20. Investigators say Wyatt admitted to using multiple Facebook accounts, email addresses and phone numbers to communicate with his victims.
Wyatt is charged with multiple counts of terroristic threats, theft of services and harassment. He is in the Atlantic County Jail on $35,000 bail.
Criminal charges are also pending from the following law enforcement agencies: Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Bellmawr, Bordentown, Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Deptford, Denville, Eastampton, Egg Harbor, Evesham, Forham Park, Gloucester Township, Hamilton Township, 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.
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