YouTubers lead Egg Harbor Township police to child luring suspect

Police say the YouTubers had communicated with 57-year-old Roger Tomes of Philadelphia online and through text messages.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022
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EGG HARBOR TWP., New Jersey (WPVI) -- A pair of YouTubers led police in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey to a child luring suspect, authorities say.

Police were called to a boat slip at Graef's Boat Yard on the 100 block of Longport Boulevard around 5:46 p.m. Sunday for the report of an attempted luring of a child.

Once on the scene, officers were met by two people who police say run a YouTube channel to catch child predators.

According to Egg Harbor Township police, the duo creates accounts on dating websites posing as young girls.

Police say the YouTubers had communicated with 57-year-old Roger Tomes of Philadelphia online and through text messages.

They told police Tomes believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl on his boat to have sex.

After police investigated, they arrested Tomes and charged him with luring.

If convicted, Tomes could face a penalty of up to $150,000 and five to ten years in prison.

Anyone with additional information is asked to email CID@ehtpd.com or call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS).

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