FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Raymond Worrall
PHONE: (201) 795-6400 Ext. 6737
DATE: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
PASSAIC MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED IN HOBOKEN SEXUAL ASSAULT
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On April 23, 2017, the Hoboken Police Department received a report of a sexual assault at a residence in Hoboken from a female victim. The victim reportedly was walking home alone shortly after 6:00 p.m. and as she attempted to enter her apartment, she was grabbed from behind and pushed into her home where she was sexually assaulted.
As a result of an ongoing police investigation, on May 30, 2017, at approximately 1:40 p.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, Hoboken Police Department and Passaic Police Department arrested Marcos Blandino, age 51, of Passaic.
Blandino has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S. 2C:14-2, a first-degree crime; and one count of Burglary in violation of N.J.S. 2C:18-2, a second-degree crime.
The first court appearance for Blandino is scheduled for this afternoon in Criminal Justice Reform Court in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City. The Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion for pre-trial detention of the Defendant.
In addition to the Special Victims Unit, Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Hoboken Police Department for their instrumental role in identifying the suspect, and the Passaic Police Department for assisting in the arrest.
The Prosecutor’s SVU is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Hoboken Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1234 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at: https://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.
The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).