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Woodbury 'Dancing Man' Arrested on Lewdness, Harassment Charges

James Robinson, "the Woodbury Dancing Man." uploaded to YouTube last July. Credit: YouTube user 'South Jersey'.
James Robinson, "the Woodbury Dancing Man." uploaded to YouTube last July. Credit: YouTube user 'South Jersey'.

One of Gloucester County's most colorful but controversial residents, a busking street performer known as "the Woodbury dancing man," has been arrested on harassment charges after allegedly propositioning a woman, licking her face, and following her to her car. 

On November 4, James Robinson, 65, of West Deptford, allegedly approached a woman inside the Mantua Avenue Dunkin' Donuts and "said several things of a sexual nature to her that made her feel uncomfortable," said Woodbury Detective Sergeant Thomas Ryan.

"He actually attempted to touch her and licked her face," Ryan said. "She told him several times that she wasn’t interested, but then [Robinson] followed her out to her vehicle."

The victim was able to drive away, Ryan said, and she immediately reported the incident to police.

The incident was turned over to Woodbury Detective Kelli Marro, who signed complaints against Robinson for lewdness and harassment charges. 

Robinson was arrested on November 7 and was transported to the Burlington County jail on default of $2,500 full-cash bail, where he was eventually released.

Emily Bellamente Gill January 16, 2014 at 07:29 AM
I would suggest pulling that video from the body of your article. The comments made by Mr. Robinson, in the video, should be used as evidence AGAINST him, on the counts of lewdness and harassment. He's disgusting.
CDFISH January 16, 2014 at 08:03 AM
People like him make the rest of us feel that much more sane. I think he could use it in his favor....proving he is insane.
Kristi Simpkins January 16, 2014 at 09:26 AM
If what the article says is actually true then he did touch her. He touched her inappropriately followed her to her vehicle. That is & must have been scary for that woman. He should have been arrested for his actions.
Tom Davis (Editor) January 16, 2014 at 03:19 PM
You're right. I'm pulling the video
John Ferguson January 17, 2014 at 02:32 AM
It's true it was my sister.
Rudolph Palmer January 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM
He said inappropriate comments to females including my daughter after our church service recently. I told him take off ! Not cute. Not funny. Glad he was arrested !
Harry lucas January 17, 2014 at 07:21 PM
Why did the police and twp just let this guy carry on for 2yrs he stabbed and raped a girl and the police knew it the whole time.
Harry Knowles January 17, 2014 at 09:42 PM
Thank god he lost the election in west deptford
Becky Lee Kane January 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM
He was and still is banned from the Woodbury acme because of the disgusting and lewd comments he would make to the female customers...often times following them out to their cars like this instance. He is a creep and a sexual pervert and I've known it for years, even when the Gloucester county times tried making him out to be some harmless guy who wants to dance on street corners. He should still be in jail because his sexual harassment is just going to continue, I guarantee it.
Kristi Simpkins January 22, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Has there been any updates about this case? What is going on w/ this man now? Is he still behind bars? I agree that this man needs to be off our streets. If he did to this woman what has been allegedly done then he's a danger to our communities. However him being in jail is not where he really needs to be @ this time. Jail is not going to help. Or help him. He needs to be evaluated ASAP. Then he needs to get the proper help for his issues/problems.

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