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Hackensack man who escaped high-rise garage collapse charged with sexually assaulting girl, 5


YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Hackensack man who told reporters that he and his young daughter escaped a garage collapse with their lives four years ago is charged with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

Damian Kazazian, 41, remained held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment.

Her mother originally brought the girl to the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, where “a staff member learned of the situation and notified the Special Victims Unit,” Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.

The child was later brought to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in Paramus, where she confirmed in greater detail” to a detective from the Special Victims Unit what she originally told her mother, the prosecutor said.

Unit detectives and Hackensack police then arrested Kazazian, who records show runs a private investment business from his home at 300 Prospect Avenue, an 18-story high rise around the block from Hackensack University Medical Center .

The building’s three-story parking deck collapsed in July 2010, forcing residents out for several months. No injuries were reported.

Among those residents who talked to reporters was Kazazian, who is single and lives on the second floor.

“I tell you, displaced, your whole world is upside down,” he told NBCNewYork.


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