Authorities use dating site to capture sex assault suspect

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Law enforcement officials say that they used an online dating site to help capture a man accused of sexually assaulting a Philadelphia woman.

Cinnaminson police say that 22-year-old Jerell Manson of Roebling lured the victim to the town after contacting her on the website POF, formerly known as Plenty of Fish, Monday evening.

Manson allegedly convinced the woman to get in his vehicle and then drove her to a remote area, attacked her and tossed her out of his car while keeping some of her personal items.

She was able to flag down a passing motorist and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police were able to identify Manson using his dating profile. They say that they were able to lure him back to Cinnaminson, thinking that he was meeting another woman Wednesday. They searched his vehicle and found the victim's license.

Manson was charged with second-degree sexual assault. Officials say that Manson is also suspected in another sexual assault in Edgewater Park in 2018.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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