Police in Clifton NJ are searching for a man accused of committing sexual assault at a local restaurant.
The suspect allegedly committed the sexual offense on July 6 at The Hot Grill, a popular restaurant located in Clifton, NJ. According to Passaic County officials, the suspect sexually touched an underage girl at the diner.
The victim is a 15-year-old girl who was standing at the counter with her mother when the suspect reportedly walked by and made an “obscene remark” about the underage girl.
The suspect then reportedly walked away and left the restaurant, only to return a few moments later and sexually touch the underage victim. Clifton police later described the incident this way: the suspect “engaged in an abrupt act of sexual contact with the juvenile female.”
Afterwards, the suspect reportedly exited the diner once against and tried to flee the scene on foot.
The Clifton Police Department actively investigated the sex crime and sought help from the public in identifying the suspect. Clifton detectives released a description of the suspect: he is said to be a middle-aged white man with “bug eyes.”
If Clifton NJ cops are eventually able to identify and capture the suspect, he would probably face criminal charges for criminal sexual contact of a minor. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(b), a person who commits an act of sexual contact with a victim between the ages of 13 and 16 can be charged with a fourth degree crime. A conviction for fourth degree criminal sexual contact could result in a sentence of up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.
Any members of the public with information about the suspect should call Clifton New Jersey investigators at 973-470-5911.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Clifton Cops Seek Man Accused of Sexually Touching Girl at Restaurant.”