On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, the Little Ferry Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office to report that a female reported being drugged and sexually assaulted by an acquaintance, AMAURIE HERNANDEZ, whom she had met online. She reported that she met with HERNANDEZ at a hotel in Little Ferry, NJ, at which time, HERNANDEZ surreptitiously provided her with drugs that rendered her incoherent. She awoke in the room and believed that she had been sexually assaulted by HERNANDEZ. She attempted to leave the room, but HERNANDEZ physically threatened her. Ultimately, she was able to escape after approximately 20 hours.
As a result of an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Little Ferry Police Department, on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, AMAURIE HERNANDEZ was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(7), a 1st degree crime; one count of Criminal Restraint, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2a, a 3rd degree crime; one count of Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Crack Cocaine, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1), a 3rd degree crime; and one count of Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely GHB, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.2a, a 3rd degree crime. AMAURIE HERNANDEZ was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the Little Ferry Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.