Smith Haven Mall security guard arrested for sexual assault

Smith Haven Mall security guard arrested for sexual assault

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Suffolk County Police arrested a Smith Haven Mall security guard on March 9 for allegedly committing a sex act while on duty last year.

Jose Irizarry was working as a security officer in the Lake Grove mall on August 29, 2022, when he approached a 24-year-old woman who he suspected of shoplifting. Irizarry, under the guise of escorting the woman out of the mall brought her into an employees only corridor and then into a storage room, where he allegedly forced the victim to perform a sex act on him in exchange for her being allowed to leave the mall.

Fourth Squad detectives arrested Irizarry today at the Fourth Precinct at 4:34 p.m. Irizarry, 33, of Holbrook, was charged with Criminal Sex Act 1st Degree.

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