Howell Police asking Frum residents to come forward with information regarding convicted offender harassing women and children

The Howell Police Department is asking members of the Orthodox community – “who may be reluctant to come forward” – to relay information regarding an individual harassing women.

Yesterday, Howell Township Police Department arrested 62-year old David F. Hohsfield of Columbus Avenue in Whiting and charged him with eight counts of harassment. The arrest comes after Hohsfield allegedly followed women and their daughters as young as 8 years old, around stores in Howell while purposely making explicit and vulgar comments in their presence. Hohsfield, a Tier 3 registered offender, was charged with one count of harassment per victim which are fourth degree crimes due to his status as a parolee.

On May 4, 2018 Howell Police responded to the Target in Howell where the female victims, a mother and her 12 year-old daughter, reported being followed around the store. At one point, the man later identified as Hohsfield, followed the 12 year-old female around the children’s swimsuit section. While she was being followed the man was making explicit comments as he pretended to speak to someone on his Bluetooth cell phone earpiece. The girl notified her mother and they contacted security, however, Hohsfield had already left the store.

After learning of the incident via social media, another female victim reported a similar incident occurring at the TJMaxx store located in the adjoining shopping plaza as Target, also on May 4. The woman was accompanied by her 11 year-old daughter who heard Hohsfield making explicit and vulgar comments in the same manner previously reported.

Two more incidents occurred on May 7 at WalMart and Target in Howell. In those cases the two females and their 12 and 8 year old daughters, who were at separate locations and are unknown to each other, were followed around the stores while Hohsfield engaged in similar conduct previously reported.

Howell Township Police Department and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are working together to find more victims who have not reported the incident to police and are asking they come forward by contacting Detective Sergeant Christian Antunez #243 at [email protected],Det. Janet Benitez #627 at [email protected] or by calling Howell Police headquarters at (732)938-4111.         

Individuals who feel the need to remain anonymous, but who may have information relevant to this investigation can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at  Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of criminals and fugitives.

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  1. any women who experienced an encounter please come forward.this man seems to be targeting jewish/frum women and their daughters.b’h,the police dept. is being pro-active in arresting him before he escalated to more dangerous behavior.the more witnesses for the prosecution,the greater chance he will be sent away for many years.

  2. My wife was accosted by a man in the stop and shop plaza saying inappropriate comments and not leaving her he left when she pulled out her pepper spray theres no way for her to identify him unless you post a picture

  3. The men need to start keeping an eye out and protect their women.
    Next time I’m in Howell, I’ll be carefully watching everyone to see if they give any women the looks.

  4. He doesn’t target frum women,he targets all women. He was caught harrassing a non-frum woman and her child. They have 8 counts; they want more. He’ll be sentenced per count, hopefully, so the more counts, the longer hes locked up. Hes from Whiting but apparently hangs out in our area. @Edith is right: Google his name. Hes registered.
    Good job, HPD. Thx.

  5. Victims of abuse should know that you have a voice and need not suffer silently. B’H our community has recognized that r’l abuse while not rampant does occur.REPORT IT!!!!

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