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Cops: Man, 18, Targeted Orthodox Women in Lakewood Gang Initiation

Suspect also charged with resisting arrest, obstruction

Lakewood police have charged an 18-year-old township man with biased intimidation and biased harassment, among other charges, after they say he was targeting Orthodox Jewish women for an assault as part of a gang initiation.

Rafael Laurano-Flores is now being held in the Ocean County Jail as a result of an arrest made Tuesday night.

Officers initially responded to a 7:30 p.m. call Tuesday night reporting the kidnapping of a 16-year-old near 5th Street and Princeton Avenue, but were unable to locate a victim. As they were searching the area, a second call came in reporting a man attempting to lure or follow a mother and daughter, ages 54 and 16, in the area of Princeton Avenue and 9th Street, police said.

As officers investigated, they found out members of the Lakewood Community Safety Watch were following a black, 2001 BMW SUV that was believed to be operated by the suspect. Police eventually conducted a motor vehicle stop on the BMW, at which time they said Laurano-Flores became violent toward the officers.

"Further investigation revealed that Laurano-Flores' intention was to touch and knock down a woman from the Orthodox Jewish community as part of a gang initiation," police said in a statement.

Detectives from the Lakewood Police Department Street Crimes Unit were able to locate the victims in the case, the statement said.

Laurano-Flores faces charges of obstruction, resisting arrest, three counts of biased intimidation and three counts of biased harassment.

Bail was set at $18,000 cash. A photo of Laurano-Flores was not available.
BBW April 09, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Not being a violent person why does the thought of lighting off an ashcan firecracker under this guy's testicles put a smile on my face? After all he's not man enough to miss them. Guess I have a mean streak after all.
ed mays April 09, 2014 at 09:51 PM
TR man....what in the world are you talking about??
KC April 09, 2014 at 11:52 PM
It is called a metaphor, Ed......as in they are here to perform jobs that Americans are too lazy to do.
TRman April 10, 2014 at 08:04 AM
Thank you KC....
ed mays April 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM
TRman......I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and .....saw. Thanks.

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