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Police: Fake Public Utility Worker Sexually Assaults Jersey City Woman

Seaview Avenue in Jersey City, NJ (credit: CBS 2)

Seaview Avenue in Jersey City, NJ (credit: CBS 2)

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault against a local woman.

Authorities said the victim opened her door on Seaview Avenue at 5 p.m. Tuesday for two well-dressed men who said they were from PSE&G, following up on a utility program the men claimed she’d signed up for in July.

After the woman denied their claim, “one of the individuals forced his way in and tried to force his way up on the lady,” according to Jersey City Police Chief Tom Comey.

“She was able to fight him off. He ran out and ran into the street,” Comey said.

“That’s very, very scary, and that makes us to be more alert,” said Marie Zimboanga, the victim’s neighbor.

The attacker is described as Hispanic, in his 20s, standing 5-foot-6, with slick black hair and a medium build. The other man is white, in his 20s, standing at 5-5, with blond hair and a thin build.

Police said  both men took off after the assault, and that the encounter was unusual in that most cons are not for sex, but for money and valuables.

“And while one keeps you occupied, another moves about the house and takes valuables, walks out, and in a period of time, and later you’ll discover the theft,” said Comey.

Police are advising women in the neighborhood to not open the door to strangers, but if they must to  require an ID. If anything is suspicious, call the police immediately.

“Oh, I don’t open the door anymore. I just look at the window, who is it?” said neighbor Amy Vila.

The victim is 27 years old. Police said while her descriptions of the two men were good, there were no surveillance cameras on that block.

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