A local man has been criminally charged with taking “upskirting” photos of at least two women in a local supermarket last month and then fleeing from police when they tried to arrest him, Monmouth County officials announced Tuesday.
According to Monmouth County officials, Christopher W. Cox, 33, of Red Bank, is charged with second-degree Resisting Arrest/Eluding Police, third-degree Resisting Arrest/Eluding Police, and two counts of fourth-degree Invasion of Privacy.
An investigation involving members of the MCPO Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit and the Shrewsbury Borough Police Department has revealed the following facts:
Shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, a man, later identified as Cox, was seen entering the ShopRite on Shrewsbury Avenue, and shortly after that, he began following female shoppers around the store, using his cell phone in a manner indicating that he was secretly taking photos of them from behind.
Officials say, Cox was then seen exiting the store shortly after 5:45 p.m. and leaving the area in a white Dodge Durango.
According to Red Bank Police, about a week later, shortly after 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, Cox was pulled over on Newman Springs Road in Red Bank.
Police say, after initially obeying a command from an officer to exit his vehicle, Cox then quickly reentered the SUV and sped away from the scene, with the officer releasing his grip on him in order to avoid getting dragged by the vehicle.
According to Police, Cox was arrested in Little Silver shortly thereafter and lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) pending a first appearance and detention hearing to take place in Monmouth County Superior Court.
This case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Lavender of the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.
Information on legal representation for Cox was not immediately available.