A 43-year-old man has been found guilty of stalking a then-14-year-old girl in Hazlet several years ago, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Friday.
According to Prosecutor Linskey, Shyam Gurung, formerly of Jersey City, was convicted by a Monmouth County Jury of fourth-degree Stalking earlier this week, following deliberations taking place over two days and a weeklong trial.
Prosecutor Linskey stated that a May 2017 investigation led by the Hazlet Police Department revealed that Gurung, who was working as an Uber and Lyft driver at the time, drove his black Infiniti sedan to the area of the Hazlet Middle School on multiple occasions in order to see the victim.
According to Prosecutor Linskey, on one such occasion, Gurung approached the child as she walked home from school and told her that she was “pretty,” indicating that he followed her every day.
Less than a week later, Gurung was observed waiting across the street from the school as the victim began walking home.
He was arrested shortly thereafter.