A 21-year-old Howell woman was sexually assaulted in the municipal parking lot between Wallace and Mechanic streets early Sunday morning, the Asbury Park Press reports today.


The attack occurred shortly before 1:30a as the woman and a friend were approaching the victim’s car, the Press says, citing Capt. Steve McCarthy as the source.

From the story:

As the victim opened her car door and tried to get inside, the man grabbed her around the waist, the captain said.

She sat down in her car and began to kick him, police said.

The man then assaulted her, McCarthy said.

She continued to kick him, and he ran away, toward backyards on Mechanic and Mount streets.

Her friend called police. The incident was over within minutes, police said.

The assailant was described as a “round-faced” Hispanic in his 20s, about five-feet, six inches tall and with a medium build. He wore blue jeans and a dark, hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front.

Investigator Errico Vescio is handling the investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Red Bank Police Department’s Detective Division at 732.530.2719. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the department’s tip line at 732.450.9704.

Police were reported to have stepped up patrols in the area.

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