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Garfield Man, 21, Charged With Masturbating In Front Of Teen Girls

Photo Credit: Courtesy LODI PD

GARFIELD, N.J. -- A 21-year-old man masturbated in front of four early-teenage girls, said Garfield police who arrested him.

Nicholas Damico of Garfield was taken into custody after the girls reported the incident and investigators identified him, with help from patrol officers, Capt. Darren Sucorowski said.

The girls – ages 13 and 14 – told police he’d masturbated in full view and then walked past them with his genitals exposed before entering a Hartman Avenue residence just before 5:30 p.m. this past Sunday, Sucorowski said.

Damico was released pending a court hearing on charges of criminal sexual contact and child endangerment, the captain said.

Two years ago, Damico was charged with hiding in his Lodi girlfriend’s closet with a kitchen knife, then stabbong her ex-boyfriend several times in the chest — after which she was cut on the arm as she wrested the weapon from him. SEE: Garfield Man Charged With Stabbing Lodi Girlfriend’s Ex

The disposition of that case couldn't immediately be determined Friday .

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