MORRISTOWN — A woman sexually assaulted on a Morris County trail during an attempted robbery defended herself by biting her attacker’s genitals, police say.
Court documents say 18-year-old Lizandro Osorio-Mejia admitted to the May 3 attack during an interview with detectives. A 17-year-old boy is also accused of keeping watch.
The victim was walking along the Traction Line recreational trail at 3:40 p.m. when she was pushed into the woods, according to an affidavit. She broke her knee when she fell.
Police said Osorio-Mejia then pinned the woman to the ground using her knees. He had a stone in one hand, but slapped it with the other, according to the complaint.
‘I will finish you off’
The teenagers first tried to demand money from their victim, according to the affidavit. Police say that when the robbery failed, Osorio-Mejia tried to force the victim to perform oral sex on him.
“I’m going to finish you off,” he told the woman during the attack, according to the affidavit.
But the victim fought back using his mouth as a weapon. The affidavit says she bit Osorio-Mejia’s penis.
The retaliatory chomp “frightened” Osorio-Mejia. says the complaint. Police said he fled, along with the lookout.
A man walking his dog found the victim still on the trail some time after the attack. He dialed 9-1-1.
Morristown police arrested the two teenagers on May 5, just hours after authorities released surveillance footage of the suspects. They each face multiple charges, including aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual interference and weapons offences.
In addition to the sexual assault and the attempted robbery, the affidavit states that Osorio-Mejia admitted to stealing two bicycles.
Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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