FREEHOLD – A Monmouth County Grand Jury has returned a four-count indictment against the local man charged with sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint in a Tinton Falls motel room earlier this year, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Wednesday.
Kareem Lee, 31, of Keyport is charged with first-degree Armed Robbery, first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, and two related second-degree weapons offenses.
Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, members of the Tinton Falls Police Department were dispatched to a local motel on Route 33. Upon arrival, the victim told officers that she had been sexually assaulted at gunpoint by a man who had entered her room.
An investigation by members of the MCPO Special Victims Bureau and the Tinton Falls Police Department resulted in Lee being identified as a suspect in the case, and he was located and arrested by members of the Red Bank Police Department in Count Basie Park on the afternoon of Friday, July 22.
Investigators are actively seeking additional information about the activities of the defendant. Anyone with information regarding this case or the defendant is asked to please contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Dawn Correia at 800-533-7443 or Tinton Falls Police Department Officer Christopher Mills at 732-542-4422.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Zanzuccki, Director of the Special Victims Bureau. Lee, who remains detained at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute (MCCI) pending future court proceedings, is being represented by Michael Kuhns, Esq.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.