Five charged in connection to Wildwood robberies, sexual assault

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WILDWOOD — Three Wildwood men and two boys have been charged in connection to a string of armed robberies and a sexual assault in the city, the prosecutor’s office announced.

On July 19, a man and woman were leaving the Wawa on New Jersey Avenue in the city when they were approached by two men. The men produced a handgun and demanded cash, then led the victims to a secluded area where they were robbed of their belongings. At that time, police say the woman was sexually assaulted while a gun was held to the man’s head.

The next day, two more robberies were reported to police. The first was just outside the Wildwood Housing Authority, when again two victims were approached by four individuals, two on foot and two on bikes, and “a confrontation ensued,” the prosecutor’s office said. During the confrontation, the victim’s belongings were stolen.

During the second robbery, which occurred a short time after the first, the victims were once again approached by four individuals and a handgun was produced. The victims handed over their cellular phone and fled the scene.  

After a three-week investigation, Dante Chislom, 18, Dwayne Moody, 20, Mickiah Butler, 18, and two juveniles were arrested this week in connection to the crimes.

Chislom and Moody have been arrested in connection to the July 19 robbery and sexual assault. They have been charged with robbery in the first degree, conspiracy to commit robbery in the second degree, aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Chislom, along with Butler and the two boys, also face charges in connection to the other two robberies. They each have been charged with two counts of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

According to Prosecutor Robert Taylor, an individual convicted of a first degree crime can face 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Individuals convicted of a second degree crime can face five to 10 years

The arrest of these five individuals was the culmination of a multi-jurisdictional investigation which included the Major Crimes Unit of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and detectives from the Wildwood Police Department, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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