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Maplewood Man Accused of Grabbing Woman on South Orange Ave.

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – (A weekly roundup of SOPD activity) A Maplewood resident was arrested at 11:30 p.m. on March 13 after police said he grabbed a woman walking on South Orange Avenue.

Ronald Bradley, 51, of Maplewood, was arrested and charged with assaulting a 22-year-old woman. The victim told police he came up behind her and painfully grabbed her around the waist. The victim said she did not know Bradley.

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Police apprehended a woman who was wanted in Texas. They arrested April Dieng, 34, of Irvington, Texas, after police in Arlington, Texas, alerted the South Orange police that they believed Dieng might be in South Orange. According to the Arlington police, she was wanted for numerous thefts.

Two incidents of theft were reported. An employee of Delta Gas Station on Irvington Avenue said that the driver of a silver Yukon left without paying for $39 of gas. The incident occurred at 9:30 p.m. on March 12. A juvenile from Maplewood said she was approached by a young black male wearing a dark blue jacket, black pants and bright green sneakers. He asked to use her phone, when she gave him the phone he ran away with it. The incident occurred at 10:05 p.m. on March 9 at the train station.

A maintenance contractor observed an arrow stuck in the side of an apartment complex on Church Street. The resident said that the arrow had been there for about two months. The arrow was said to have been shot from east going west. The report was made on March 3.

Two cars were burglarized. A University Court resident said that someone had entered his car and removed the stereo system, a navigational system and the victim’s passport. The incident occurred between March 7 and March 8. A Church Street resident said that someone had removed all four of her hubcaps from her 2002 BMW, which was parked in her driveway. The incident occurred between March 5 and March 8.

The reporter is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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