CODE RED leads to safe return of infant

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GALLOWAY– A CODE RED notification led to the safe return of a child whose non-custodial parent took her July 3, police said. Police received a report Thursday at 10:30 a.m. of a 15-month-old female taken against court order by her non-custodial parent.

The suspect, Michael Lagreca-Firrincilli, 40, of Galloway, left the child’s residence at 1 a.m. and failed to return. With the assistance of Atlantic City Police Department, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Child Abduction Response Team, as well as the New Jersey State Police ROIC, authorities were able to determine Firrincili’s route of travel from Galloway Township to Atlantic City and narrow a search.

A CODE RED notification, Facebook post and Twitter activation were posted with the vehicle information and a picture of the suspect and the child. Within 15 minutes of the CODE RED Alert Township wide, a local resident and school board employee, Steve Bolli, recognized the suspect vehicle and called 9-1-1. 

Police responded to the area and observed the suspect’s vehicle and the child in the rear of the vehicle.
An initial attempt to conduct a motor vehicle stop failed, as Firrincilli drove around the marked police vehicles and entered Society Hill 1, a residential development in Galloway. Another local resident and off-duty Atlantic City Fireman, Bob Goff observed the officers’ attempts to stop the fleeing vehicle and he blocked the roadway with his tow truck.
Galloway Police ordered Firrincilli out of the vehicle unsuccessfully. Officer Ronald Gorneau then smashed the driver-side window of the vehicle and pulled Firrincilli from the car. Firrincilli was taken into custody and the child was safely removed from the rear passenger side by detectives.
The child was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, where she was evaluated for dehydration and released to the custody of the Department of Children and Families. Firrincilli was also transported to AtlantiCare’s Mainland Campus, where he was treated for his injuries. Firrincilli was charged with child endangerment, eluding police and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $100,000 cash.
Officer Ronald Gorneau, was the arresting officer, assisted by Det. Ro Latoracca, Detective Cpl. John Kelly and Detective Sgt. Donna Higbee.
The Galloway Township Police Department thanked the residents “for their continued support and vigilance in monitoring the CODE RED alerts and the social media sites which led to the safe recovery of this child.”


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