Belleville man charged with criminal sexual contact for groping Hoboken woman


The 39-year-old man grabbed the victim on the buttocks and attempted to grab her again in the same area.


It all started Wednesday afternoon when the victim was inside the elevator of 311 13th Street along with Jose Melendez of Belleville.

The victim was able to leave when the elevator doors opened.

Hoboken Police were notified of the incident and later met with the victim.

Melendez was later found to be in the building and identified. The victim did not suffer any injuries.

Melendez was charged with criminal sexual contact and bail was set at $17, 500, which he wasn’t able to post.  A warrant complaint was also prepared.

He was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

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