Delaware Man Accused of Kidnapping 11-Year-Old New Jersey Girl He Met Playing Roblox on Online Gaming Platform

Delaware Man Accused of Kidnapping Girl He Met Online Playing Roblox
Source: Wayne Police Department; Unsplash

Darius Matylewich allegedly met the victim online playing Roblox.

Oct. 17 2023, Published 4:02 p.m. ET

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A Delaware man has been arrested after he allegedly abducted an 11-year-old girl he met online playing Roblox and took her from New Jersey to Delaware without her parents’ knowledge or consent, according to authorities.

Around 6:45 a.m. on Sept. 10, police responded to an area in Wayne, New Jersey, about the missing child, according to the Wayne Police Department.

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Shortly after the victim was reported missing, officers located her states away, in Bear, Delaware, authorities said.

Investigators believe 27-year-old Darius Matylewich met the young girl while playing an online video game, identified by WPVI-TV as Roblox.

Matylewich then allegedly took the girl 135 miles from New Jersey to Delaware.

Matylewich was arrested in Bear and was extradited to New Jersey to face charges of kidnapping in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child in the third degree, officials said.

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The suspect was being held in a New Jersey jail and could face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty, according to authorities.

In a statement, Roblox said they are cooperating with police. “We work tirelessly to prevent grooming on our platform and have a team of thousands of moderators who enforce a strict set of community standards," the company said, WPVI-TV reported.


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