Free Massages Don't Go Over Well With Strangers
Just one incident this week: an intoxicated man is arrested on charges he harassed two women he met at L&J Liquors.
March 7, 6:02 p.m.–Sgt. Thomas Mericle was a flagged down by a female who reported that she was being followed by a male who had been harassing her while she shopped at a Borough liquor store.
Stephanie Berber of Bridgewater reported that a highly intoxicated man had been acting strange and followed her and her friend to L & J Liquors on Center Street and began to rub her shoulders and neck while he stood in the checkout line. She requested help from the counter attendant, who asked that the individual leave the girls alone and leave the store.
The suspect–who was later identified as Ryjon Burke, 37, of 141 Myrtle Ave. in Westfield–left after the women and began to follow them as they walked to the North side of town, all the while attempting to talk to them shouting and using foul language. Barber's friend went ahead to summon police from a store located off Kennedy Plaza and Barber was able to flag down Sergeant Mericle who requested additional units. Patrolman Herz and Lewis arrested Burke for being loud and tumultuous. Investigation found that Burke also had several small packages of what appeared to be marijuana on his person.
Two disorderly persons complaints were issued for improper behavior and offensive language as well as a complaint for possession of the suspected marijuana. Burke was later transported to the hospital for observation due his intoxication.