A 40 year-old Hoboken man was arrested Wednesday on two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, following incidents in which he allegedly groped random women.
Just after noon on May 13, Officer Liana Palladino responded to the 300 block of Washington Street where she with a victim who reported that she had left her residence for a jog. Just before starting her run, while in the area of 301 Washington Street, an unknown male approached her and stood within inches of her. When the victim returned with her sister from after their jog, the man pursued the victim as she tried to open the door to her apartment building and allegedly grabbed her buttocks, before silently walking northbound towards 4th Street.
Sergeant Christopher LaBruno, Officer Jason Montalvo, and Officer Wilfredo Gomez arrived to assist with the investigation, when the victim saw and pointed out David Pruitt, 40, of Hoboken, standing in the area of 301 Washington Street.
Pruitt was arrested and charged on a warrant with Criminal Sexual Contact.
Meanwhile, at about 12:44 PM, Officer Anthony Fesken responded to Hoboken University Medical Center on another reported Criminal Sexual Contact. The victim reported that she and a friend were walking eastbound on 4th Street from Park Avenue when an unknown male was walking towards them and touched the victim's buttocks. The unknown male said nothing and continued walking westbound.
Sergeant Christopher LaBruno responded to assist with the investigation, which led to identifying the unknown male as David Pruitt. Pruitt was charged with Criminal Sexual Contact for a second incident, which occurred within minutes of the first reported incident. Pruitt’s second charge of Criminal Sexual Contact was put on a warrant and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility after being processed.
The defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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