Police: Jersey City man charged with stabbing prostitute at Secaucus hotel


A Jersey City man has been charged with stabbing a prostitute at a Secaucus hotel after he demanded his money back, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

Inset photo of Vineeth Ravuri courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department, background photo of Aloft Hotels via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

ineeth Ravuri, 26, of Jersey City, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, criminal restraint, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and engaging in prostitution, Miller said in a statement.

Yesterday at approximately 8:42 p.m., the Secaucus Police Department responded to the Aloft Hotel, located at 460 Harmon Meadow Boulevard, on a report of a woman calling for help.

Initial responding officers located a woman in the lobby of the hotel bleeding from the hand.

She stated that she met a man, later identified as Ravuri, at the hotel with the purpose of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for money.

Upon asking Ravuri to leave the room, he brandished a knife and demanded his money back. When she refused, he lunged at her.

During a struggle, the woman received a laceration to her finger and buttocks. Ravuri attempted to prevent her from leaving the room, but he was unsuccessful and the woman made her way to the hallway while yelling for help.

She was treated for injuries at the scene.

Police officers located Ravuri in the lobby of the hotel with blood on his jacket and foot. He also was found in possession of a bloody knife used in the assault before subsequently being placed under arrest.

“Prostitution is not a victimless crime. Prostitutes are frequently victims themselves of physical and sexual assaults and robbery. Due to the sheer number of hotel rooms, Secaucus is appealing to those engaged in this illicit activity,” Miller added.

“However, the SPD will continue to conduct proactive operations in hopes of suppressing prostitution, which is often the root of other heinous crimes.”

Anyone with information pertaining to vice crimes within Secaucus are asked to contact the Secaucus PD.

Tips can be made by calling (201) 330-2049, emailed to spdtips@secaucusnjpolice.gov or submitted anonymously through the department’s website.

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