LAKEWOOD — Authorities have accused a New Jersey man of trying to lure Orthodox Jewish women as part of a gang initiation.

Lakewood police have charged 18-year-old Rafael Laurano-Flores with obstruction, resisting arrest, bias intimidation and bias harassment.

Police on Tuesday responded to a report of an attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl and a report of a man trying to follow a woman and her teenage daughter.

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Detective Sgt. Greg Staffordsmith tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/Q3RIX3 ) Laurano-Flores was trying to touch and knock down women from the Orthodox Jewish community as part of an initiation for the MS-13 gang.

Laurano-Flores is held on $18,000 bail. It's not known if he has a lawyer.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com

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