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Angry Dad Chases Down Teen Who Allegedly Groped Daughter In Salem

By Ken MacLeod, WBZ-TV

SALEM (CBS) – Peter Kelly and a couple of his bouncers at Murphy’s Bar helped corral the fleeing suspect on the sidewalk just across the street — and kept the victim’s angry Dad from pummeling the guy.

“We told him to calm down,” said Kelly. “I told him the police would be here and they would handle it. And he was okay with that.”

Salem’s Essex Street pedestrian mall was pretty crowded with pre-Halloween visitors — including a 15-year-old girl from Northfield, New Hampshire strolling with her family.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports

That’s when the guy grabbed her between the legs and squeezed, prompting her to scream hysterically and tumble to the pavement.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Rod Fritz reports.

The perp ran but the teen’s Dad gave chase — zig-zagging through the crowd and shouting for help — until some Good Samaritans tackled the guy a couple of blocks away and held him.

“He wanted to leave,” said Kelly, “but he wasn’t struggling or anything like that. So he just stayed there.”

Police said the groper is 18-year-old Yousef Hashem, who works for a food contractor at the traveling carnival nearby.

Salem detectives declined to release his picture, because they’re showing it to the victims of three other virtually identical gropings — which all took place after the carnival arrived in town 10 days ago.

In one of those cases, the victim also had her pants pulled down.

Of course, this is Salem’s hottest tourist time of the year, and the gropings prompted many visitors to shake their heads.

“Quite honestly it’s pathetic,” lamented one man. “I can’t believe someone did something like that for a cheap thrill.”

“It’s definitely very, very sick,” added a woman. “If it was my daughter I’d want to kill the man myself.”

Apparently, the mother of Saturday’s young victim got up in the suspect’s face before police arrived.

“He was denying everything,” Peter Kelly recalls, because the mom was there yelling ‘Is this what you do!? Assault young girls!?’ And he was denying it.”

Those denials continued after his arrest.

The police report indicates that Hashem waived his Miranda rights, and told police he only bumped into the girl because he tripped.

But he couldn’t explain why he then tried to run.

The suspect description in each of the four incidents is quite similar — a 20-ish man with a stocky build, and dark curly hair, possibly Hispanic — who assaults his victim’s and then vanishes into the crowd.

Hashem will be arraigned tomorrow in Salem District Court on charges of indecent assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.

Comments

One Comment

  1. BH says:

    Let’ just say if it was my daughter, I would be in jail and the other guy would be in ICU. Nuff said.

    1. James Angryjew says:

      Maybe in jail you could take an English class to learn how to spell and use the English language properly. But I understand sometimes spelling out the word “Enough” is so time consuming, what with the .0002 seconds it takes to add in the ONE extra letter.

      http://www.askanangryjew.com/html/english_language.html

      1. Bob says:

        Oh Oh. The spelling Nazi is here.

      2. Michael P Coleman says:

        STICK TO THE SUBJCT ! WHAT ARE YOU ? A SPELLING TEACHER ? PEOPLE ARE HUMAN, AND MAKE MISTAKES.

      3. Ironbob says:

        Maybe you can STFU.

      4. Ben's Mom says:

        Well, I’ll be the Math Patrol… E + Nuff – uff + ough =”ENOUGH”. 2 extra letters, dude, plus ya gotta add an “o”, drop the “ff”, and add “gh” and well, your .0002 seconds don’t stretch that far.
        And, hey, FWIW, you forgot the hyphen in “time-consuming.”
        And, you shouldn’t start a sentence with “UT”, especially if you leave off the comma immediately after.
        And, yeah, I started three sentences with “And”. Nuff said.

    2. cronewinter says:

      You are a good DAd.

  2. Mirriam says:

    18-year-old Yousef Hashem – another fine muslim immigrant

  3. Michael P Coleman says:

    SO MUCH FOR THERE RELIGION ! THE KORAN ! TO CATCH A PREDADATER, LOTS OF MUSLIMS ! NIGHT BEFORE 9 – 11. ALL TERRORISTS WERE AT ITTY BARS, SUCKING DOWN DRINKS. RELIGIOUS PEOPLE MY A$$. THY MARRY CHILDREN ! AND ARE SICK BSTRDS. TAKE THE KORAN AND USE IT FOR TOILET PAPPER ! NO REAL GOD ! WANTS KILLING.

  4. Terry Furlough says:

    “Police said the groper is 18-year-old Yousef Hashem” Moehamhead said it was alright.

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