SOMERSET TOWNSHIP, NJ (NJ.com) – An 18-year-old Plainfield man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly grabbed and tried to sexually assault a woman walking in Washington Valley Park in Bridgewater Township.
The woman was walking on a trail in the park off of Miller lane Aug. 16 around 7:40 p.m. when Elvin Martinez placed a t-shirt over her face and head, pulled her off the trail and tried to sexually assault her, according to a release from Bridgewater police and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.
The woman was able to escape by biting her attacker and running away. She found another hiker who then called 911, officials said. The victim was a 44-year-old woman from Warren Township.
Police and K9s searched for a man matching the description the woman gave, the release said. Martinez was eventually found and arrested without incident, officials said.
He is charged with criminal restraint, criminal sexual contact, criminal coercion and simple assault, authorities said.
When authorities announced the charges Saturday — nine days after his arrest — he was still being held in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing, the prosecutor’s office said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Bridgewater Township Police Department at (908) 722-4111 or anonymously at www.scpo.net.