BEHIND THE STORY: A Cliffside Park man marked his 24th birthday this week by being indicted by a grand jury in Hackensack on charges of having sex with a 15-year-old runaway from Seattle and then lying to police about her whereabouts.
Borough police went to David Ruiz’s Palisade Avenue apartment on Nov. 6, 2012 after the teen’s worried mother called them, saying her daughter was there again after previous cross-country visits.
The first time, they couldn’t find her, then-Detective Capt. Michael Russo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time..
The second time, Ruiz sent officers “on a wild goose chase,” telling them he had a new girlfriend, the now-retired Russo said.
This time, however, the teen called police, and they rushed back to Ruiz’s apartment, he said.
After hearing her side of the story, they arrested him.
Ruiz spent 11 days in the Bergen County Jail before posting $150,000 bail. The indictment returned today charges him with sexual assault, unsworn falsification and child endangerment.
Paramus police arrested the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Ruiz in early 2012 after they said he fought with a man in the parking lot of the Garden State Plaza, rammed the other man’s car, then took off and later reported the car stolen after abandoning it near Route 17.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy CLIFFSIDE PARK PD
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