A New Jersey man has been arrested and charged with assaulting and robbing at least two prostitutes after picking them up in the Canton area while posing as a police officer, authorities said yesterday.
Sean Dallas, 34, of Scotch Plains was arrested early Tuesday in the 3100 block of Boston St. by Officers Joseph Tracy and Kurt Nagl after they spotted his black 1997 Ford Mustang with Florida tag W68YCP, which had been sought for several days in connection with attacks on prostitutes, police said.
One woman told police she was picked up Nov. 9 on a Canton street by a man driving a black Mustang and displaying a badge. She told police she was driven to an isolated area and beaten, robbed and kicked out of the car after a sex act.
A similar incident occurred Nov. 15 in Canton, police said.
Early Tuesday, police said, a woman was picked up in the same block of Boston Street by the driver of a Ford Mustang who paid her $20. She was robbed of $50, hit in the face and shoved out of the car, whose license number she gave to police.
About 4 a.m., Tracy and Nagl spotted the car at Baltimore Street and Linwood Avenue. They stopped it in the 3100 block of Boston St.
In the car were a police-style badge and a blue light, which police think were used to coerce the women into the car for fear of being arrested on prostitution charges.
Dallas was being held yesterday at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.