ASBURY PARK — An 11-year-old girl escaped her kidnapper by asking to use the bathroom.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago said the girl was walking along Ridge Avenue on May 30 when Raquan M. Folk, 29, of Asbury Park, pulled up and convinced her to get into his white Kia.

Folk drove to neighboring Neptune Township where he stopped the car and told the girl to remove her pants.

The girl told Folk she had to use the bathroom and drove her to a gas station. She got out and got the attention of a passerby who called the police, according to Santiago.

Folk was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree luring a child, and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child via sexual conduct. He is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

The prosecutor did not disclose if Folk knew the girl.

Santiago asked anyone with information about this incident to call 800-533-7443.

Suspect in luring at Wawa in Maurice River 5/28/23
Suspect in luring at Wawa in Maurice River 5/28/23 (NJ State Police)

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