Officials had been seeking James Wade Barclay, 47, in connection with a series of sexual assaults on a nine-year-old boy from Riverside since 1991. He allegedly assaulted the boy 15 times between the summers of 1988 and 1989, and was one of the State's Most Wanted Fugitives.
Barclay was arrested in 1989 and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He pleaded guilty, but failed to show for his sentencing in September of 1991.
Using information developed over the past two weeks, detectives from the Fugitive Unit learned that Barclay had created a new identity, using the name James C. Toryone.
Under this alias, Barclay was able to get a job driving a tractor-trailer throughout the United States. He was able purchase a house, and establish new network of friends. This fake identity enabled him to participate in social functions where children were present.
As the investigation progressed, State Police detectives received assistance from the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the United States Marshal’s Service. The investigators developed information that led them to a “Stop N Ride” parking lot in rural Pennsylvania. There, members of the Fugitive Unit conducted surveillance for three days, operating out of a rental car. Three detectives rotated shifts, never leaving the location to eat or change clothes, except to dress in the camouflage suits they wore to conduct the surveillance.
Detectives were able to locate Barclay inside of a parked tractor-trailer on Main Street and Route 30 in Boswell, Pennsylvania. As he exited the vehicle, detectives captured Barclay without incident. Barclay used his alias before admitting his true identity.
“This arrest demonstrates our unwavering commitment to capture wanted fugitives,” Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said. “I would like to commend the outstanding efforts of our Fugitive Unit, and all of the partnering agencies that helped bring this convicted felon to justice.”
Barclay was lodged in the Somerset County Jail, in default of $5,000,000 cash bail, where he is awaiting extradition to New Jersey.