A Pennsylvania pawnshop has been fined $50,000 by the Pennsylvania State Police after a woman’s complaint said she and a friend were sexually harassed while at the store.
The investigation began after a female pawnbroker called the PA State Police to report that a man had been sexually harassing her and her friend at Pa’s Paw Shop in the town of Toms River, Pa., according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of State Police.
The woman told investigators that she and the man had bought a gun at the pawn shop and went into the shop, but the man grabbed her from behind, pulled her to the floor and began to kiss her, the release said.
She said she then turned around to leave and the two men followed her out of the store, the news release said, without giving further details.
The man allegedly told the woman that if she didn’t leave, he would hit her with the gun and take her money, the woman told the state police, according to the release.
The victim told investigators the man later grabbed her and forced her onto a table, where he continued to kiss and fondle her while she screamed for help, the report said.
The victim told police the man then turned toward the customer and began kissing her again, the police report said, adding that the woman was able to leave the store after she tried to get away.
The PA State Trooper investigating the incident was later contacted by the victim, who reported that the man threatened her in the parking lot before leaving the store with the money, according the release, which said the man was charged with attempted criminal sexual assault and other charges.
The Pennsylvania State Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office all assisted in the investigation, according an email from the PA Department of Justice to the Times Union.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.