Police said 25-year-old Kevin Atkisson of Vineland was seeking $500 in exchange for photos of the victim that he never actually had.
By Matt Skoufalos
A Vineland man who allegedly attempted to extort $500 from a Haddonfield attorney with the threat of incriminating photographs was arrested Wednesday in a sting.
According to a statement from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO), 25-year-old Kevin Atkisson of Vineland was charged with two counts of second-degree attempted extortion.
He is being held at the Camden County Jail in lieu of $70,000 cash-or-bond bail.
After having been approached by Atkisson, the victim arranged a meet-up in a borough parking lot with the help of Haddonfield police. At the scene, detectives surveilling the encounter said that Atkisson “arrive[d]in a car and t[ook]an envelope from the victim’s vehicle,” at which point he was immediately arrested.
Authorities report that Atkisson “admitted to threatening the victim and indicated that the incriminating photos did not exist,” according to the CCPO statement.
“Two other adults who were present with Atkisson were not charged in connection with the extortion attempt,” the CCPO noted; “however, one of the individuals was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle via summons and released.”
All information provided by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. An arrest is not a conviction.