LOWER TOWNSHIP — A man wanted on an attempted murder charge in Florida was arrested by police Tuesday night during a traffic stop in the Erma section of the township.

At 7:06 p.m., police stopped a 2011 Chevy Camaro in the 500 block of Seashore Road, the department said in a news release.

Two men were in the car, police said. The driver, 18-year-old Jacob Eck, of the Villas section of the township, had an arrest warrant for endangering the welfare of a child.

The passenger, Nelson Servando Ferguson, was charged with being a fugitive from justice out of Florida, police said. He is wanted there on attempted murder charges, as well as several drug offenses.

Ferguson allegedly shot a firearm into a home, striking a woman inside several times, police said, citing Florida officials.

During the investigation, Ferguson gave police a false name and date of birth, and when police confronted him with his true identity, he ran, according to the release. He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

Eck and Ferguson were taken to the township police headquarters for processing before being taken to the Cape May County jail to await a detention hearing and extradition hearing, respectively.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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