Pleasantville Police car

PLEASANTVILLE — One man is in custody following an alleged armed kidnapping and robbery that transformed into a police chase Monday.

At 10:47 a.m., police received an emergency call about a home invasion involving a robbery and kidnapping in the Seagrass Cove apartment complex on East Ridgewood Avenue.

The caller told authorities that two men with handguns forcibly entered an apartment, taking an adult man at gunpoint and forcing him into a vehicle then leaving the complex.

While police responded to the apartment complex to investigate, a second call was placed to authorities alerting them the victim was seen in a home in the 800 block of Cedar Lane with the armed suspects outside the home, police said.

Sgt. Ryan VanSyckle responded to Cedar Lane. According to police, as VanSyckle arrived, an older-model maroon Chevy Impala fled east.

The driver, James Belfor, 27, of Pleasantville, led police on a chase through residential streets before heading north on New Road toward the Atlantic City Expressway. Police said Belfor entered the expressway on-ramp, struck the guardrail and continued east toward Exit 2 before losing control of the vehicle and striking a second guardrail on the exit. He then ran from the crash into the marshes along the Black Horse Pike.

Members of the Pleasantville, Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic City and Ventnor police departments were called to search the area, as were State Police.

Police said Belfor was located in the wooden area along the westbound entrance of the expressway from the Black Horse Pike. He was arrested by members of the Atlantic City K-9 unit and Ventnor police.

While the multi-agency search occurred in West Atlantic City, members of the Northfield Police Department secured the Seagrass Cove apartments.

Authorities continued to search the Cedar Lane area but did not find the second unidentified suspect.

Belfor was charged with armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping, two counts of terroristic threats, multiple counts of unlawful weapons possession, eluding police, resisting arrest, conspiracy and theft.

He is being held in the Atlantic County jail.

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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