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Police seek man seen masturbating during ‘Emoji Movie’

Suspect in New Jersey movie theater matches description of ultra-Orthodox man

Screenshot from The Emoji Movie trailer.
Screenshot from The Emoji Movie trailer.

New Jersey police were seeking a man suspected of performing a lewd act at a movie theater during a showing of the newly released “The Emoji Movie,” authorities said Thursday.

The man was described as a heavyset male in his 20s or 30s, wearing a white shirt and pants and donning a kippah.

A grainy photo released by police appear to show the man with “peyot,” or sidelocks, which many ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wear.

Police said a woman who was watching the animated film with her children spotted the man with his hands down his pants, which were unbuttoned and unzipped, and alerted the movie theater’s manager who then asked the suspect to leave.

A man suspected of performing a lewd act in a movie theater during a showing of 'The Emoji Movie.' (New Jersey Police Department)
A man suspected of performing a lewd act in a movie theater during a showing of ‘The Emoji Movie.’ (New Jersey Police Department)

The woman said she called the police when she got home, telling them the man she saw performing the lewd act was by himself sitting at the back of the theater.

Police released a photo of the suspect grabbed from surveillance video.

The incident occurred at the Xscape Movie Theater in Howell, New Jersey.

Police asked anyone who recognized the man to call authorities.

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