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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Monsey - Man charged with forcibly touching woman in wheelchair

MONSEY — A New Jersey man was charged Friday with forcibly touching a wheelchair-bound woman at a Maple Avenue nursing home, police said.

Abraham Mashinsky, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., is believed to have entered the Northern Metropolitan Nursing Home on Thursday night. Investigators said that once inside, he engaged a 31-year-old handicapped resident in conversation and later subjected her to forcible touching.

Mashinsky, who had been staying at his father’s Waverly Place home during the Jewish holidays, fled the building after being confronted by staff, said Sgt. Charles Edwards.

Police searched the grounds of the home at 225 Maple Ave., but where unable to locate Mashinsky on Thursday night, Edwards said.

While investigating the case Friday, a Ramapo police officer recognized Mashinsky as the suspect in the nursing home incident and placed him under arrest.

Mashinsky was arraigned in Ramapo Town Court, where he was charged with forcible touching, a misdemeanor, Edwards said. Mashinsky was released without bail. He is to return to court at 10 a.m. Oct. 3.

Edwards said an order of protection was issued preventing Mashinsky from contacting his alleged victim.

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