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Belleville Man Arrested for the Explicit Assault, Kidnapping of a Minor


Passaic County officials announce the arrest of Andres Vasquez, 24, of Belleville. Mr. Vasquez was arrested on June 3, after an investigation conducted by the Clifton Police Department, with assistance from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Sexual Investigations Unit.

According to officials, Mr. Vasquez is charged with aggravated explicit assault, kidnapping, explicit assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, aggravated criminal explicit contact, criminal restraint, criminal explicit contact and burglary.

Officials said that on May 31, the Clifton Police Department responded to a report of a home invasion and explicit assault of a minor. 

Thereafter, the Clifton Police Department collected evidence and interviewed the victim and witnesses. 

The investigation revealed that Mr. Vasquez climbed through the window of the victim’s bedroom, confined the victim in the room, then strangled and explicitly assaulted the victim.

According to officials, Mr. Vasquez would be required to submit to an evaluation as to the nature of his sexual conduct at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel. 

Upon conviction, he will also be subject to Parole Supervision for Life and Megan’s Law registration requirements.

Mr. Vasquez is currently detained at the Passaic County Jail. The State filed a motion for pretrial detention, which will be heard by a Superior Court Judge on a date to be determined by the Court.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident or other incidents regarding this individual to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO.