SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A local father protected his son until South Brunswick police arrived following repeated incidents of harassment in a restaurant on the East Brunswick/South Brunswick border this week.
South Brunswick Police Department have charged George Daymond Shirley age 49 of North Brunswick with 4th degree harassment for accosting a teenage boy at a local restaurant. Police were called on Wednesday at 5:53 pm to a Davidson Mill Road restaurant on a report of a man harassing a teenager in a bathroom.
According to New Jersey's criminal code, Fourth Degree Harrassment is defined as "engaging in alarming conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy such other person. A person commits a crime of the fourth degree if, in committing an offense under this section, he was serving a term of imprisonment or was on parole or probation as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this State, any other state or the United States."
Police arrived and learned that the teenager had gone to use the single stall bathroom. The teenager went to lock the bathroom door and Shirley came in saying he was just throwing something in the trash. The teenager explained that he was going to the bathroom and Shirley tapped him on the chest and said OK.
The teenager left the bathroom and returned a minute later when it was empty. Shirley followed him in a second time, the teenager told Shirley he was going to the bathroom, and Shirley told him to go ahead. The teenager fled the bathroom and told people to call police. The teenager’s father detained Shirley until police arrived.
Police arrived and interviewed the teenager and witnesses. Shirley was arrested and transported to police headquarters. He was processed and charged with one count of 4th degree harassment. He was released on a summons pending his first court appearance.
The case remains under investigation and anyone with any similar incidents is asked to contact Detective Mike Pellino at (732) 329-4000 ext. 7441.