Wednesday, February 28, 2024


State Police Nab McNeil for ’16 Woodbine Home Invasion; Was on NJ Most Wanted List

Dequan McNeil

By Press Release

The following is based on information received from a law enforcement agency. The person(s) named is innocent until proven otherwise in court.

READING, PA. – The New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, working cooperatively with the U.S. Marshal’s Service Reading, Pa. Fugitive Task Force, arrested Dequan McNeil, 36, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug 23. He was a fugitive on New Jersey’s Most Wanted list for a host of charges stemming from a 2016 home invasion.

According to a New Jersey State Police release, on Nov. 9, 2016, McNeil and two accomplices are alleged to have forcefully entered a residence in Woodbine.

During the invasion, the homeowner was severely beaten while her small children were bound and locked in a room. The suspects eventually fled the home, stealing electronics and several other items.

Based on the investigation led by the Troop “A” Criminal Investigation Office and troopers from Woodbine Station, Justin Farrow, 22, of Wildwood, and Malik Francis, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were both arrested and charged in August 2017.

Through various investigative means, State Police detectives, working with the U.S. Marshals Service and the New York Police Department, determined that McNeil was hiding from law enforcement in Reading, Pa. As a result, McNeil was located and arrested at a residence on Walnut Street there without incident.

He was lodged at the Bucks County Correctional Facility where he awaited extradition to New Jersey.

McNeil was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, terroristic threats, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child in connection to the home invasion.

The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Reading Police Department also assisted with this investigation.

The case will be prosecuted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

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