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February 5, 2013

Salisbury man charged with lewdness

SALISBURY — A Cottage Way resident accused of allegedly flashing his genitals at a neighbor as part of a heated argument during the Super Bowl was arraigned yesterday in Newburyport District Court.

Gregory S. Vankooiman, 48, was charged with open and gross lewdness, along with a previous warrant, following his arrest Sunday evening outside his home. He was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court on March 19 for a pretrial hearing.

According to Salisbury police officer Richard Dellaria’s report, Vankooiman became extremely agitated after reporting someone had backed into his friend’s car as they watched the Super Bowl together in a different Cottage Way apartment.

By the time Dellaria and other officers arrived, a male neighbor of Vankooiman told police the suspect had challenged him to a fight and called him disparaging names based on his sexuality. The victim also told police the suspect then chased him up his porch stairs until he reached the safety of his apartment. Once behind a glass sliding door, the victim saw the suspect pull out his genitals and heard him taunt him further. The victim told police he was shocked and frightened by Vankooiman’s behavior, according to Dellaria’s report.

Police were able to catch up with the motorist who allegedly struck the sedan belonging to Vankooiman’s friend in Newton, N.H. The motorist explained she fled the scene fearing Vankooiman’s temper, according to police.

The outstanding warrant was issued after Vankooiman failed to pay court costs related to a larceny over $250 by false pretenses charge issued in 2007 in North Andover.

During the booking process, Vankooiman admitted he chased the victim up a flight of stairs but denied exposing himself and uttering homophobic slurs, according to Dellaria’s report.

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