Officials: Woman escapes from NJ home after she was kidnapped out west

Officials say that James Parrillo was arrested on Feb. 7 after the victim escaped from a Bass River Township home and ran to a nearby gas station.

News 12 Staff

Feb 17, 2023, 10:25 PM

Updated 523 days ago

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State police have arrested a man accused of kidnapping a woman out west before she escaped a home in New Jersey.
Officials say that James Parrillo was arrested on Feb. 7 after the victim escaped from a Bass River Township home and ran to a nearby gas station.
According to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the victim met Parrillo, who was going by the name “Brett Parker,” at a gas station on Interstate 10 in New Mexico. The office says that she agreed to give Parrillo a ride to Arizona. The victim was allegedly in a voluntary relationship with Parrillo for about a month when he is accused of physically assaulting her while the two were in California.
Authorities say that Parrillo took the victims’ phone, debit cards and isolated her from her family. They allegedly arrived in New Jersey some time in December.
“This is a deeply disturbing case in which the defendant allegedly held a woman against her will for nearly a year, while traveling with her throughout the country,” Attorney General Matt Platkin wrote in a statement. “We are reaching out to law enforcement across jurisdictions to identify other people who may have additional information on the defendant.”
Parrillo is charged with kidnaping and aggravated assault.


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