Newark Man Arrested For Masturbating Aboard NJ Transit Train between Secaucus and Newark

Authorities have told Hudson TV that 36-year old, Devallon K. Edwards of Newark, was arrested on January 9 and charged with 3 counts of varying, criminal sexual contact with a four-year old girl while riding a NJ transit train between Secaucus Junction and Newark Penn Station.  Edwards also faces drug possession charges.

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On the date in question, Edwards reportedly was moving between the upper and lower level of NJ Transit train #7847.  According to testimony by Police Officer Matthew S. Pasternak, who was on patrol of Penn Station, fellow Officer Dunphy joined in the investigation, meeting the train as it entered Newark Penn Station.

The officers had been told by dispatch that Edwards was seen masturbating and exposing himself aboard the train in front of a mother and her 4-year daughter, in addition to other passengers.

According to Officer Pasternak, “PO Dunphy and I met the train on Track 4 at which time we met with the train crew who stated that a female on board had reported that a male had exposed himself in front of her and her daughter. The train crew pointed out an unknown black male in all black clothing, later identified as Devallon Edwards, who was pacing up and down the train car. The train crew reported that Edwards had been attempting to move between cars and between levels of the train. PO Dunphy and I boarded the train car from opposite ends, made contact with Edwards, and escorted him off the train to a safe location on the platform in order to complete our investigation.”

The mother told authorities that Edwards had been blowing kisses at her while he was sitting on the train.

Authorities also say Edwards was carrying three, small, Ziplock-style baggies containing a green, leafy vegetative substance believed to be marijuana.

Based upon eyewitness accounts from train passengers, Edwards was charged with possessing less than 50 grams of a controlled dangerous substance, sexual assault/contact and lewdness.

A date for his initial court appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Jersey City was not provided.

 

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