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New Jersey Man Accused Of Harassing Jewish Women As Part Of Gang Initiation

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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A New Jersey man is accused of attempting to lure Orthodox Jewish women as part of a gang initiation.

Rafael Laurano-Flores, 18, has been charged with obstruction, resisting arrest, bias intimidation and bias harassment, according to police in Lakewood, N.J.

Authorities said on Tuesday police responded to a report of an attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl and a report of a man trying to follow a woman and her teenage daughter.

Detective Sgt. Greg Staffordsmith told the Asbury Park Press Laurano-Flores was trying to touch and knock down women from the Orthodox Jewish community as part of an initiation for the MS-13 gang.

Laurano-Flores was being held on $18,000 bail. It’s not known if he has a lawyer.

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