A man was recently arrested in Millville, NJ, after pretending to be a bounty hunter. Edward Collins, 27, was illegally making arrests throughout South Jersey while working for various bail bond agents, according to Vineland police. At the time of his arrest, Collins was wanted for kidnapping and theft by extortion.
The fake bounty hunter went so far as to illegally handcuff a woman at her home in Port Norris, then bring her to a business where he held her until her friend could bring her “bail.” After the woman reached out to her bail bondsman about the situation, Collins returned again and brought the woman into the police station where he then paid her bail himself. When the woman explained that her “bail” was already posted by a friend, the case became a red flag to police who then started investigating the case.
On Friday, September 21, an anonymous source alerted police that Collins was in the city of Millville after he recognized Collins from a photo in The Daily Journal. Four officers immediately headed to the area in which Collins was spotted and found the imposter in a parked car. When Collins realized that he’d been found, he took off running before he was caught and taken to a local hospital for a medical exam.
Police believe there may be others who have been victimized by Collins. In March 2011, he was arrested after being linked to an alleged sexual assault incident in Millville. After being released from the hospital on September 21, Collins was held in Cumberland County Jail on a $300,000 bail, according to Police. He has now added “resisting arrest and eluding charges” to his arrest file.
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