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Police: Suspect Arrested, Charged In Camden Sexual Assault

CAMDEN, N.J., (CBS) -- Police have tracked down and arrested the man they say is responsible for the violent sexual assault of a woman in Camden.

Authorities have identified the suspect as 29-year-old Andre Wesley. He was taken into custody Friday night at his Willingboro home and now faces a long list of charges.

Upon arrival at the home, police say Wesley was armed with a butcher knife and that a "tense standoff," took place with officers on the scene. Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said Wesley provoked officers and tried to get them to shoot him.

"Our officers exercised extreme restraint," Thomson added. Police used a taser to take Wesley into custody.

Wesley was wanted for attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery and weapon offenses in connection to the attack of a woman on the evening of Sunday, November 27.

Wesley was the person of interest from the previous release and video posted to YouTube site on Nov. 30.

Authorities released a sketch of the suspect, along with a video and a picture of a white van allegedly used in the attack.


Deputy Police Chief Joe Wysocki says Wesley picked up the victim along Broadway at Pine Street in Camden early Sunday evening.

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(credit: Camden County Police Department)

"He took her to the area of 3rd and Spruce Streets," Wysocki told KYW Newsradio. "At that point, he forced the female into the wooded area where he sexually assaulted her pretty brutally."

The woman was taken to Cooper Hospital for treatment. She has since been released.

Wysocki says they're working with the county prosecutor to see if Wesley might have attacked other women.

Wesley has been charged with Criminal Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Robbery, three counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault, three counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault by Physical Coercion, three counts of Aggravated Assault With a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

He was being held at Camden County Jail with bail set at $2 million cash.


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