CVP EXCLUSIVE: A world-class marathoner from Kenya accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl ran from Bogota police last night — and kept going for more than four miles until he was home in Hasbrouck Heights, authorities said this afternoon, confirming an earlier CLIFFVIEW PILOT report.
Eric Chirchir — who turned 31 years old today — entered the women’s locker room at the Bogota Golf Center, where he worked, and assaulted the teen there, Bogota Police Capt. James Sepp told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Police responding moments later to a call from another golf center employee spotted Chirchir, who took off — leaving his bicycle and backpack behind — and “ran all the way home,” he said.
Based on his best time, a straight run would have taken him roughly 15 minutes.
Eric Kipkmei Chirchir — who also uses the name Abyot E. Worku — was being held on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and local police with criminal sexual contact, child endangerment, resisting/eluding and obstruction.
ICE also issued a detainer for possible deportation proceedings based on the arrest.
The 5-foot-8-inch, 127-pound Chirchir, who competes professionally in marathons, 10Ks, road races, and other events around the U.S. and the world, has a marathon best time of 2 minutes 14 seconds in Israel, records show (Dennis Kimetto, also of Kenya, set the world record of 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds at the Berlin Marathon two months ago).
Chirchir holds several first-place finishes in races of various distances, including the Scotland 10K (6.2 miles) in Central Park two years ago, and is listed as a record holder in several cities, including a 10K mark in Austin, Texas, of 29 minutes 3 seconds.
A high-school graduate originally from Kapsabet in the Rift Valley, Chirchir is single and has a daughter.
He said he began running when he was 20 at the urging of friends after reading a biography of Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie.
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