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Westport Man Charged With Grabbing Woman And Trying To Kiss Her During Walk

Westport Police charged a 24-year-old man with trying to grab and kiss a woman he met at Starbucks in June.
Westport Police charged a 24-year-old man with trying to grab and kiss a woman he met at Starbucks in June. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A woman told police that a man she met at Starbucks in Westport grabbed her and attempted to kiss her after they went on a walk together.

The woman told police that at around 2 p.m. on June 1 she met a man named James while at the Starbucks in the Parker-Harding Plaza in Westport. After talking with him a bit, they decided to take a walk together, but she said that while they were outside he forcibly grabbed her arms and attempted to kiss her, police said.

She was able to break free form his grip and left the area, police said. At the time of the complaint, the man's identity was unknown, but the woman was able to provide a physical description, police said. He had also given his phone number to the woman, police said.

After meeting with a Westport detective, the woman said she had typed the phone number into Facebook and located a profile for a man named James Radcliffe, according to police. She recognized the profile picture as being the same man she had met at Starbucks, police said.

Detectives tried to set up an interview with Radcliffe, a 24-year-old resident of Westport. However, they were advised through Radcliffe's attorney that he would not speak with police, according to police. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he turned himself in on July 14.

Radcliffe was charged with unlawful restrain and breach of peace. He was released on a $2,500 bond and was given a July 24 court date.

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