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Wayne Police Arrest East Orange Man for Touching Woman at Willowbrook Mall


Police in Wayne announced that they have arrested a man for inappropriately touching women at the Willowbrook Mall.

According to police, on Saturday, June 19, at approximately 12:18 a.m., Wayne Police Officers responded to Dave and Busters at Willowbrook Mall for a report of a male who was inappropriately touching female patrons. 

Police said that, upon their arrival, officers found a female patron who reported that a man had grabbed her buttocks and that security at Dave and Buster’s had the alleged groper detained.

The female victim reported that the man brushed against her, grabbed her buttocks and then walked away, police said. 

According to police, the victim stated that she turned around and observed the man then grab the buttocks of a second female and then walk away from her. The victim notified an employee and security soon detained the man.

Officers reviewed video footage from Dave and Buster’s and observed that it showed the man grab both women’s buttocks as the victim had described. The second female left the scene prior to the arrival of police. 

The female victim also positively identified the man being detained as the man who had groped her.

According to police, Mr. Phillip Lively, 38 of East Orange, was arrested at the scene. 

He was charged with Criminal Sexual Contact and released on a summons in accordance with bail reform guidelines.