Prosecutor: Jersey City man charged with groping woman, trying to drag her into Leonia alley

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A Jersey City man was charged with groping a woman and trying to drag her into a Leonia alley before she dialed 911, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced.

Randy Gallman. Photo courtesy of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Randy Gallman, 36, of Jersey City, was charged yesterday with attempted sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and criminal restraint, Musella said in a statement.

The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Fort Lee Police Department under the direction of Chief Matthew Hintze, and the Leonia Police Department under the direction of Acting Chief Scott Tamagny.

On Tuesday, December 29th, the Leonia Police Department received a 911 call from a woman who reported that she had just been attacked.

Upon speaking with the woman, police learned that she had been “touched on her intimate parts” by an unknown man while she was walking in Fort Lee. She stated that she screamed and the man fled.

The victim then began walking towards Leonia when she was approached by the same man again. He grabbed her, began to drag her to an alley, and again “touched her on her intimate parts” before she screamed and Gallman fled.

At that time, the woman called 911. Leonia PD subsequently contacted Fort Lee PD and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and an investigation was initiated, revealing Gallman as the attacker, authorities said.

As a result of the investigation, he was remanded to the Bergen County Jail, pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court, which was scheduled for earlier today.

Musella also thanked the Fort Lee Police Department, Leonia Police Department, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jersey City Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.