Newton: Suspicious Activity – Harrassment
On 10/22/13 at 3:58p.m., Newton Police responded to Walgreen’s on Water Street in Newton to investigate a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, it was reported that a customer’s 8 year old son was approached in the bathroom by an unknown adult male who requested the youth to urinate in a cup for him.
A few minutes passed and the adult male exited the bathroom and was observed by the child’s mother to be moving quickly down the aisle towards the front door. She became alarmed and immediately checked on her son and learned of the inappropriate act.
The boy’s mother, (who had initially waited directly outside the Men’s bathroom with her young daughter) immediately pursued the unknown male. Once outside the store, the female customer approached the accused suspect and confronted him about his alarming and offensive actions. The male suspect denied any involvement in the incident and quickly fled the area in his vehicle but not before the female customer copied down his license plate and contacted the police to report the incident.
Subsequently, responding officers viewed surveillance video with Walgreen’s employees and determined that the male suspect was indeed the actor.
Further investigation resulted in the actor being identified as Daniel P. Pisco, age 29, of Hickory Road, Highland Lakes, NJ and that he had requested the youth to urinate into the cup because Pisco believed he was going to have to submit to a urine screen later that day.
As a result of his actions, Pisco was summoned for the following:
N.J.S. 2C:33-4 Harassment
Newton Police credit the employees of Walgreen’s for their immediate assistance with accessing their video surveillance system and most importantly, the mother of the child, for her immediate, quick-thinking response which contributed to identifying the actor.
Ptl. Shawn Burke , Detective Joseph D’Annibale
Editor’s Note: Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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