Terrifying New Jersey home invasion and beating caught on homeowner’s nanny cam (VIDEO)
A woman silently endures a brutal attack and robbery Friday in Millburn while her 3-year-old daughter watches from the couch and her 18-month-old sleeps upstairs.
By Sasha Goldstein / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 8:21 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 1:12 PM
Police say the robber stole the woman’s wedding ring among other items.
A brutal mid-morning New Jersey home invasion, complete with an assault and robbery, was caught on tape when the homeowner’s nanny camera recorded the incident.
The woman’s 3-year-old daughter sat on the couch during the ordeal, helpless as her mother suffered a vicious beating at the hands of the 5-foot-11, 210-pound suspect.
Police say the hefty black male, who had a salt-and-pepper beard, took off with an undetermined amount of jewelry following the 10:30 a.m. attack Friday in Millburn. The woman’s 18-month-old toddler reportedly slept upstairs during the beating, Capt. Michael Palardy told the Daily News.
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“Her love for the children kept her going,” Palardy said of the brave mom, who suffered chipped teeth, a concussion and had her face stitched up.
“Their world’s turned upside down right now,” he said of the young family.
Police are searching for a 5-foot-11, 210-pound black male with a salt-and-pepper beard.
The chilling video captured the entire midday attack. The brazen assailant entered the home while mother and daughter watched cartoons on the couch. Palardy said the woman heard a noise and went to investigate.
“That was the back door being kicked down,” he said. “He bombards her and starts wailing away.”
The suspect throws the woman down, punches her several times in the face before picking her up and throwing her down. He goes upstairs to ransack the bedroom and as he returns, kicks the woman in the face as she struggles to regain her feet.
In one version of the tape, which includes the audio of the incident, the suspect can be heard asking the woman “Where your pocketbook at?” as she moans.
“He’s a lefty, every punch and kick was lefty,” Palardy said of the southpaw suspect. “He believed no one was home, and when he came across someone, his reactions were violent.
The robber drags the woman across the room as her terrified daughter watches from the couch.
“There was no reason for it, she would have given him anything he wanted,” Palardy said.
In his final sickening act, the man drags the woman toward the basement steps. The terrified young girl can only watch as the man throws her mother down the steps, then walks toward the front door and takes off after robbing her. The suspect never touches the little girl.
“I knew that if I started screaming, my daughter would, too, and I was afraid she would get hurt,” the young mother told News 12. “I took it. I didn’t cry the entire time.”
The stunning, midday attack is so shocking because of how safe a town it is, Palardy said. A police officer lives on Cypress Street, the very same street as the attack and which receives a heavy police presence because of its proximity to three different towns.
“It’s a bedroom community,” Palardy said. “People move here because it’s a safe town.”
After body slamming the woman to the floor, the assailant punches the mom again.
Cypress Street neighbors agree. There has been a rush of residents installing security systems, said Anne Kramer, the victim’s neighbor. Kramer, 15, said her parents were concerned after the attack and plan on setting their security system even when at home during the day.
“I think we’re all kind of shocked because we never thought something like this would come here,” Kramer said. “It’s two blocks from a school. People are worried about what’s going to happen.”
Police said the man made off with the woman’s wedding ring among other stolen items. The woman was treated at the hospital for leg and face injuries suffered at the man’s hands. She was released over the weekend.
The nanny cam, which Palardy said was sitting undisguised on the fireplace mantel, may have been used as a child monitoring device. The family asked police to release the footage to the public, Palardy said.
“They wanted to show how violent this person is because they want him caught as much as we do,” Palardy said. “And we’re not going to sleep until this guy is caught.”
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