CAMDEN - Police are searching for two men who - dressed as Muslim women - allegedly attempted to kidnapped a salon employee and left her in a trash can before fleeing in a van early Tuesday morning.
The incident, in a highly trafficked part of downtown Camden between City Hall and Camden County College, near the LEAP Academy schools, occurred around 9:30 a.m.
Camden County police said the suspects, described as two black males approximately 5' 10" to 6'0" dressed in dark full-body robes and head coverings, entered the Zoujati Salon at 107 N. 6th Street, where the female employee was working alone.
The suspects brandished a weapon and put her into a large trash can with a lid inside the store and then left it outside on the sidewalk before fleeing in a white 2009 or newer Chevrolet Express 1500 cargo van with tinted windows. The van had stolen Pennsylvania license plates: JLJ 6784, police said.The victim was taken to Cooper University Hospital for treatment and was released.
The men drove directly to the Ben Franklin Bridge and crossed into Philadelphia.
Police are asking the public to look at pictures of the trash can, the van and one of the suspects running before getting into the van as well as video clips posted on the Camden County Police Department Facebook page www.facebook.com/CamdenCountyPD.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to immediately call police at (856) 757-7042.