Police: Woman abducted during home invasion

March 28, 2011 4:46:45 PM PDT
Police are looking for a young woman who was abducted during a home invasion Saturday night in Atlantic City.

According to investigators, 19-year-old Nadirah Ruffin was at her cousin's house in the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue when she was forced out at gunpoint around 11:30 p.m.

Police say there were four armed suspects involved wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts.

"They had masks on, they duct-taped everybody in the house," said her mother, Fonda Ruffin. "Nadirah was crying for her life."

After being taken out of the home, Nadirah was placed in an unknown vehicle, according to police.

Her family is terrified.

"I'm very frightened, I'm scared for her. I'm praying for her, I'm crying," said Fonda. She says others in the house told her that Nadirah put up a struggle and may have recognized one of the intruders as she pleaded to be let go, telling her abductors that she had a 4-year-old son.

Fonda says Nadirah's son has been asking for his mother, but she is trying to shield him from the news.

Police described Nadirah as a black female with a medium complexion, 5'4" in height, about 120 pounds, long brown colored braids and eyeglasses.

Police said Nadirah also has several tattoos including "so sweet," which is on the left side of her neck.

Nadirah was last seen wearing a blue Polo sweater, white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Her family says Nadirah is originally from Atlantic City, but moved to Egg Harbor Township a few months ago. She graduated from Atlantic City High in 2009 and works at the Polo store in the city while she takes classes at Atlantic Cape Community College.

Councilman Martin Small has known her for years, saying she was a member of the local Boys and Girls Club.

"It's just sad. She's just the sweetest little girl, very respectful, wouldn't harm a soul," said Small.

Anyone with information about the incident or Nadirah is asked to call the Atlantic City Police Department Detective Bureau at 609-347-5766 or Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office/Crime Stoppers at 800-658-8477 or 609-652-1234.