NEW BRUNSWICK – A North Brunswick man was arrested and charged with abducting a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint on a city street and attempting to sexually assault her Friday morning, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Director Anthony A, Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announced.
Porfirio Nunez-Mosquea, 24, of North Brunswick was charged with kidnapping, robbery, attempted aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Bail was set at $500,000 for the defendant, who must post the full amount before he can be released from custody.
Police began an investigation after several witnesses called 911 at 6:10 a.m. on March 30, reporting that a man had grabbed the woman, who was walking on Rutgers Street, near Livingston Avenue, forced her into a van and fled.
While police searched for the victim, she called police shortly after 7 a.m. and told authorities the suspect had released her.
According to authorities, investigator Tracy Lackey of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Thierry Lemmerling of the New Brunswick Police Department determined that Nunez-Mosquea brandished a handgun, drove the woman to an apartment on Jersey Avenue and attempted to sexually assault her. The woman also was robbed during the incident.
Nunez-Mosquea was apprehended by police at his residence in North Brunswick at 11:30 a.m. on March 30 and was charged at about 7 p.m.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Investigator Lackey of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-3600, or Detective Lemmerling of the New Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-745-5200.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Nunez-Mosquea are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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