Hackensack PD: Teen Escapes Through Window, Ex-Con Busted After Sex Attempt

HACKENSACK, N.J. – A teenage boy climbed out a second-story window in Hackensack and screamed for help after an ex-con lured him into a room and tried to sexually assault, authorities said.

Thomas Allocca
Thomas Allocca Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy HACKENSACK PD

Thomas Allocca, 59, enticed the 18-year-old boy “from the street and into his bedroom by offering coaching guidance, citing that he's starting up a basketball team,” Capt. Francesco Aquila said.

Allocca – who is “known to frequent area parks and engage in basketball games with younger adult males – touched the boy’s inner thigh, said Aquila, , the officer in charge of his department.

The terrified teen then climbed out the window onto a roof and screamed for help, he said.

Soon after, Allocca – whose criminal history includes a 2013 arrest for stalking – was arrested on luring and criminal sexual contact charges.

He was sent to the Bergen County Jail before a judge ordered him released hours later under New Jersey's 2017 bail reform law.

Six years ago, authorities said Alloca followed a terrified 17-year-old boy to school while making sexually suggestive comments (SEE: Arrest Made In Stalking Of ‘Terrified’ Hackensack Teen, Police Say).

“As a reminder to the public: Be watchful of your surroundings and enticing stories that strangers convey to you,” Aquila said. “If it seems odd, then it probably is.":

The captain also urged parents: “Anything relayed to you from your child concerning inappropriate behavior that elevates your parental suspicion, report the matter to your local police department and let us make the determination.”


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