Council Offers Reward In Rape Case

Posted: June 11, 1994

Seeking to quell uneasiness among some community members that the incident was racially motivated, the Woodlynne Borough Council has voted to give a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of three white men in the rape of a black teenage girl.

Of that amount, $1,200 will come from the public treasury, and the remainder will come from the pockets of Mayor Drew Coyle and the other six council members.

The teenager said that on May 25 at 9:45 a.m., while walking on a Woodlynne street, she was abducted by three white men, raped, and released in Collingswood. She walked to the nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, where she was treated, according to the prosecutor's office.

The three were in a blue Dodge sport van. All were in their mid-20s. One had short, blond spiked hair and was wearing a yellow tank top and had a tattoo of a bird on his upper right arm. Another had blond hair, with shaven sides. He was wearing a blue T-shirt and white shorts. The third man was described only as having dark hair, Camden County Prosecutor Edward F. Borden Jr. said.

The teenager told police that the men had made racial remarks during the assault.

Borden said the crime had been partially motivated by the victim's race, which made it "doubly loathsome."

"We want to show that there is no racial tension in our community," Coyle said about the reward. "Residents and council members were upset. We don't even know whether the men are from our community."

Borden said of the reward, "It is a very generous gesture of the public officials because it might help break the case."

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