Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced the arrest of Ralph Maffie, Age 76, of Toms River, this morning on charges of Luring or Enticing a Child by Various Means.
A fourteen year-old girl reported to South Toms River Police that Thursday, October 25, 2018, Maffie approached her in his vehicle while she was walking in the Wawa parking lot. She indicated that he opened his car window and asked her if she needed a ride. After receiving “no” for an answer, he followed her in his car, stopped next to her, opened his car door and asked if she wanted money to which she answered, “no.” The girl reported he drove away, made a U-turn and returned in her direction. She reported that she was frightened and then ran away from the vehicle.
Ocean County Detective Alex Dasti and South Toms River Detective Timothy Meier conducted the investigation with assistance from OCPO High Tech Unit and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Ralph Maffie was issued a Complaint-Warrant and detained in the Ocean County Jail consistent with Bail Reform.