North Bergen man arrested for allegedly sexual assaulting and robbing woman

Michael Vivar, 23, was arrested on charges related to the incident

Michael Vivar, photo via Prosecutor's Office
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Michael Vivar, photo via Prosecutor's Office

Michael Vivar, a 23-year-old from North Bergen, has been arrested by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

Vivar was arrested on charges involving the sexual assault and robbery of a 33-year-old woman in North Bergen. He surrendered himself to detectives with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at approximately 4:55 p.m.

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the North Bergen Police Department reported a 33-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by an unknown man she had met earlier in the day. An investigation by the Special Victims Unit revealed Vivar sexually assaulted the woman and stole money from her wallet.

Vivar then instructed a witness to provide a false report to detectives who were investigating the case. Vivar is charged with two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Robbery, and Witness Tampering.

He was processed and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance. The state has filed a motion for detention.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Special Victims Unit, the North Bergen Police Department, and the Guttenberg Police Department with the investigation.

The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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