Man accused of grabbing teens in Milwaukee appears in court

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police are speaking out about a man accused in a series of assaults in the area.

Jaelen Durham was in court Tuesday, Jan. 21, for a hearing on the first of four disorderly conduct charges he is facing.

Durham was in custody for the hearing. While out on bond for his first disorderly conduct charge -- where he’s accused of approaching a woman near UWM from behind and picking her up – Durham was charged for similar behavior.

A criminal complaint says he grabbed a 16-year-old girl near 60th and Capitol and a 15-year-old girl near 51st and Capitol in December. Court documents say Durham also tackled an employee at Hart Park Place in Wauwatosa and then laid on top of her.

MPD officials have advice for anyone finding themselves in a situation like these.

“Just make sure if possible, you can defend yourself away from that person or that threat… turning around as soon as possible, getting a visual of what that person looks like – a description. Also, if you have to defend yourself, you have to defend yourself, and that is to be expected.”

In court Tuesday, the judge set the same court date next month for all of Durham’s cases.

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