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Alleged stalker followed women home from stores, and cops want to …

Tristan Reyes, 19 of Howell, was charged with armed robbery and stalking, cops said. (Courtesy Howell Police Department) 

A 19-year-old man stalked two Howell women while they shopped and followed them home with the intent to rob them at knifepoint, police said Friday.

Tristan Reyes of Howell was charged with armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and stalking two women.

And police say they believe he may have stalked even more women while they shopped in Howell, and at the Freehold Raceway Mall.

A chilling home surveillance video viewed more than 3 million times on Facebook shows one of the two alleged incidents, in which he lurks in the driveway while a woman unloads groceries from her car, police said.

Reyes allegedly followed the 38-year-old woman to her home in the Ramtown section of Howell and waited for an opportunity to enter her home, police said.

While waiting for his chance, the woman‘s Rottweiler runs out of the house barking, causing the man, dressed in all black and a ski mask, to run away, hide behind his van and speed away shortly after, cops said.

The woman alerted her neighbors of a suspicious black van in the neighborhood, though she was unaware of what happened until she checked her home’s surveillance footage, which her husband later posted to Facebook, warning others to be aware of their surroundings.

On Feb. 24, Reyes allegedly followed an 18-year-old woman out of her car and into the Howell ShopRite, where he followed her around the store and back to her car.

The woman told police that she noticed a black 2004 Honda Odyssey following her car while she made unnecessary turns on her way home.

When she pulled over to call her father, the van also pulled over and shut its lights off. Her father allegedly tried to confront the man, but the van took off, cops said. 

Reyes was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institute, authorities said.

Howell Police are asking those who have additional information or may have been a victim to contact Detective Corporal Nancy Carroll at 732-938-4574 ext. 2182 or 732-938-4111, or can submit an anonymous tip at www.p3tips.com.

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