Floribert Nava

Floribert Nava, 45, of Wildwood, has been charged with kidnapping after she allegedly forced a juvenile to drive from her from Wildwood to Delaware, police said.

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - A Cape May County grand jury has indicted a Wildwood woman in the March 22 carjacking of a Wildwood teenager.

The five-count indictment charges Floribert Nava, 45, with kidnapping, a first-degree crime, for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old female to drive Nava from Wildwood to Philadelphia.

Investigators said the victim had given birth to a child, which was adopted by another family, but Nava, an acquaintance of the victim, believed she should have been given the child and she was forcing the victim to take her to the baby.

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Police said the victim managed to get away that day by crashing into a police car parked on the shoulder of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Officer Mark Pawloski, a 24-year veteran of the Delaware River Port Authority, was parked on the bridge in a marked police cruiser when he was struck by the vehicle.

The victim then jumped from the vehicle and told the officer that the passenger in the vehicle had a gun and had kidnapped her earlier in the day from Wildwood.

In addition to kidnapping, Nava is charged with carjacking, a first-degree crime, as well as luring or enticing a child, a second-degree crime, making terroristic threats, a third-degree crime, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

According to the indictment, which was handed up Tuesday, the weapons charge involved the use of an imitation handgun.

In Nava's first court appearance, on March 27, Municipal Court Judge Mary D'Arcy-Bittner said Nava was charged with threatening to kill the girl and that she terrorized her by telling the girl to drive or she would "kill her and her family."

On Thursday, Nava, who is not a U.S. citizen, remained in the Cape May County jail in lieu of $400,000 bail.

She does not have a criminal record.

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