Sex Assault Suspect Apprehended PDF Print E-mail

Belleville – Detectives from the Essex County Sheriff’s Officer and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office today arrested a male suspect at his residence and charged him with sexual assault.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the incident occurred in the early morning hours in the parking lot at Hendricks Field Golf Course on August 1st.

Sheriff Fontoura said that the victim, a 36-year-old female from Jersey City, originally met the suspect, Edwin Tufino, age 19, of Belleville on Friday, July 30th at the Dunkin’ Donuts shop on Halleck Street in Newark. The victim and the suspect agreed to meet again at the same location between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The meeting took place as scheduled and the pair drove to the golf course’s parking lot.

After an extensive investigation by the two law enforcement agencies the suspect was apprehended on Wednesday at his Hornblower Avenue residence.

Tufino was charged with sexual assault. Following his arrest, Judge Amilkar Velez – Lopez ordered the suspect held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $400,000 cash bond only.