Man Charged With Sexual Assault

by | Aug 12, 2021

The incident took place early Sunday morning, Aug. 1, in the parking lot across from Blu

Police arrested Collin Gershkoff, 22, for felony sexual assault Saturday at his home in Cranston following an investigation of a woman found unresponsive and naked from the waist down in the parking lot across from Blu on the Water early Sunday morning, Aug. 1.

He was arraigned by a justice of the peace in East Greenwich on Saturday then formally arraigned at Kent County Courthouse Tuesday – both times held without bail due to the first degree sexual assault charge.

According to Det. Lt. Tyler Lufkin, police got a report of an unresponsive woman in the parking lot at 1:46 a.m. on Aug. 1.  She was treated at Kent Hospital; test results are pending.

Police were able to identify a suspect by reviewing surveillance video of the parking lot and Blu. A man who police later identified as Gershkoff could be seen on video in the parking lot, then returning to Blu, said Lufkin.

Gershkoff, who is being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions, will be back in court Monday.

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7 Comments

  1. Sorry

    I have always thought your Police report was an enlightened section to those of the Pendulum and the Patch. These are arrests, not convictions, not final, the final outcome is rarely reported. You provide the community with just enough information to adjust their behavior if needed without needlessly shaming in case the accused has been wrongly arrested. I was around for Jeffrey Hornoff. Everyone, EVERYONE thought he was guilty before the jury convicted him. EVERYONE – but he was not and his life was/is ruined. I do not know Mr. Gershkoff. I was not there. I doubt you were there. I was not with Jeffrey Hornoff. But I learned my lesson and have never made that mistake again. I am sorry to see you have lost your way in your Police reporting. If the accusations are true, it is terrible. What Hornoff was accused of was terrible as well, but it was not true. I hope you will not print this as it will keep you busy for weeks moderating this comment, but thought I would share my thoughts with you.

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      I really appreciate your comment. Our policy is to use names for dangerous felony offenses. We will be following up on this case as we have for the case against Barbara Trojan, who recently pleaded guilty in the DUI death of Patty Daniels. I agree, what happened to Jeffrey Hornoff was terrible; EG News takes its responsibility very seriously and we try hard not to sensationalize such cases. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. Anne Paolilli

    Great job, Elizabeth. The EGPD are professionals. Forensics have come a long way since the Jeffrey Hornoff situation which WAS HORRIBLE. The prior comment is comparing apples and oranges. I trust your reporting, the EGPD and the State Forensics lab. Keep on keeping on!!! Time and evidence will tell the true story. My thoughts are with that young lady who was found half naked in a parking lot.

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  3. John Downin

    Thanks EGPD for all you do…?it’s a different world keep up the great job

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  4. Alice Carlan

    Is there any follow-up to report? He was due back in court on the 16th.

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Coming later today.

      Reply

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