Nadirah Ruffin

ATLANTIC CITY — Police here said 19-year-old Nadirah Ruffin was forced at gunpoint and abducted from a friend’s home in the area of 800 North Maryland Avenue.

Police said in a news release that Ruffin was visiting a friend’s home in the area Saturday night during the alleged home invasion.

After being forced outside of the home at gunpoint, Ruffin was placed in an “unknown vehicle,” police said.

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Authorities said there were four assailants armed with handguns. The individuals who police said abducted Ruffin wore masks and hooded sweatshirts.

Police described Ruffin as a black female with a medium complexion, 5’4” in height, about 120 pounds, long brown colored braids and eyeglasses. Police said Ruffin also has several tattoos including “so sweet,” which is on the left side of her neck.

Ruffin was last seen wearing a blue Polo sweater, white T-shirt and blue jeans. Police are not sure whether she was wearing shoes.

Ruffin graduated from Atlantic City High School in 2009 and now lives in Egg Harbor Township. She has a 3-year-old son.

“This is a 19-year-old woman with a young son, who works and goes to school,” family attorney James Leonard Jr. said. “I cannot fathom how or why something like this would happen. Like anyone who knows Nadirah, I am praying for her safe return.”

Councilman Marty Small has known the teen for years. First, when she was one of the kids he worked with at the Boys & Girls Club, and then as a summer youth worker in his City Council office about six years ago.

“She’s always been a good kid,” Small said. “Always had a good heart and been very respectful.

“It’s unfortunate that an incident like this would happen to anybody, but this is especially sad,” he added. “She’s a sweetie pie.”

Small said he spoke with Ruffin’s family Sunday evening, and that they “are dealing with it the best they can and everyone’s hoping for the best.”

He would not comment on any ideas about a possible motive or the intended target.

“The bottom line is they have someone missing from their family,” Small said, pointing out that there is also her young son to worry about. “I told them I have full confidence in the Atlantic City Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office to bring this to a happy resolution.”

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Police seek information

Anyone with information about the incident or Ruffin is asked to call the Atlantic City Police Department Detective Bureau at 609-347-5766 or Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office/Crime Stoppers at 800-658-8477 or 609-652-1234.


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