Man Tried to Lure Orthodox Jewish Women in Gang Initiation: Police

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    Authorities have accused a New Jersey man of trying to lure Orthodox Jewish women as part of a gang initiation.  

    Lakewood police have charged 18-year-old Rafael Laurano-Flores with obstruction, resisting arrest, bias intimidation and bias harassment.  

    Police on Tuesday responded to a report of an attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl and a report of a man trying to follow a woman and her teenage daughter.  

    Detective Sgt. Greg Staffordsmith tells the Asbury Park Press Laurano-Flores was trying to touch and knock down women from the Orthodox Jewish community as part of an initiation for the MS-13 gang.  

    Laurano-Flores is held on $18,000 bail. It's not known if he has a lawyer. 

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