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Brutality Of Home Invasion Captured On Nanny-Cam Shakes Millburn

Video shows brutal assault against young mother during daylight home invasion.

A sickening three-minute beating of a young mother during a home invasion — captured in vivid color on a nanny cam — has sent shockwaves through the normally-quiet Millburn community as authorities on Tuesday stepped up the hunt for the violent intruder.

"You come into a neighborhood and you assume certain things—like safety," said Frank Reino, 86, of Millburn, where violent crimes are rare, traditionally numbering less than 25 per year.

The violent home invasion Friday morning on Cypress Street, where a young mother was viciously beaten in front of her 3-year-old daughter while her 1-year-old child was asleep upstairs, has plunged this quiet community into disbelief.

“It’s scary [because] this stuff really doesn’t normally happen in this neighborhood—if ever,” said Cypress Street resident Ben Masters, 19.

The footage, of which Patch has chosen to publish only a small portion, shows the young mother playing with her daughter and watching television when, just after 10 a.m., a man kicks in the dead-bolted back door.

The hulking man rushes into the family room and begins to pummel the screaming mother as she falls back onto the couch—where her daughter sits silently watching cartoons.

After punching the woman more than a dozen times in the face, the man heads upstairs, where Millburn police said the mother’s 1-year-old daughter was sleeping. The video shows the woman stumbling to her feet in an attempt to follow the man up the stairs.

But the intruder rushes down the stairs and punches her in the face again, knocking her over. The woman falls to the floor, striking her head on the corner of the wooden table on her way down.

The woman, appearing extremely disoriented, tries bravely to stand up, but the man grabs her hair and slams her face into the table.

He calmly begins asking, “Where’s your pocket book at?" When she doesn't answer, he throws her against the wall.

The man continues to pace the house as the woman attempts several times to stand. She is kicked twice in the face and punched repeatedly during the remainder of the video.

Before leaving, the man picks her up and throws her down the basement stairs before walking out the front door.

"Why that house?" asked Reino, who has lived on Cypress Street for 52 years.

After a few minutes, the 3-year-old takes sits up straight and sucks her thumb until the woman manages to climb back up the stairs.

The woman was taken to the hospital Friday for injuries to her face and leg. She suffered a concussion and was released over the weekend.

The Essex County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that it's offering a reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the intruder, who made off with jewelry.

The resident described the burglar as a 5-foot-11 black man, about 220 pounds with a salt-and-pepper beard.

"This guy deserves the penalty plus some," Reino said. 

Authorities ask anyone with information or who can identify the man in the video to call the Millburn Police at 973-564-7001.

S Nicole June 26, 2013 at 11:03 PM
The level of fear and panic to be surprised like this is something I could not imagine. The best defense is an offense. If you are weary of guns, or do not have or want a dog to alert you that someone is approaching your home, there are security systems and even an IPhone App that will. If given even 10-20 seconds of warning and be able to hide somewhere or get out of the home and make that 911 call, could make a big difference. As stated above from Xavier, my German Shepherd has a distinctly different bark and alertness to something "not right". Although he will never be happy with the mailman, he somehow knows the difference. LOVE HIM!!! I feel much safer and know that if his bark is more aggressive and I feel something is wrong, I will pick up the phone and call the police. Be vigilant. Athough my next door neighbor doesn't know it, my dog protects her and her children too!
TF June 27, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Everyone thinks they know everything. Did you watch the video? When on earth would she have had time to grab a gun? She was totally and completely defenseless to this situation. A large dog may have helped deter, but how can she be blamed for not throwing furniture in between her and the attacker? People are unbelievable. And, Jim McDonough, when the police are "standing around" on construction sites they are hired by the construction company to keep the construction workers safe from people who can't read signs like "Do Not Enter" or disregard completely the big orange cones. They are there in addition to the police who are on regular duty. It is unfortunate that police cannot be everywhere at every single moment. I am sure that they want this guy behind bars just as much as (if not more than) we do. This is not television. It takes more than 5 minutes for fingerprints to come back from a lab. He will be caught. Most definitely one of his buddies will like the sound of a $22,250 reward and turn his hateful butt in.
Gert July 02, 2013 at 12:17 PM
TF, your reply is really not very accurate - nor is it polite. You clearly don't know much about home security or self-defense. No one is blaming the victim for anything. The reason that the victim was defenseless is because... she was defenseless. There were at least 5 seconds from her backing away from the doorway before the attack started, and at least that much time from her rising from the couch and waling to the doorway. In 10 seconds she could have grabbed a gun or a knife (provided that they were stashed nearby in advance), thrown furtniture, made a 911 call, fled, or directed her child out of the room (or maybe two of these options). This is common self-defense knowledge. It works, provided the potential victim has the right mindset. Yes, I have a weapon within reach when I am watching TV at any hour of the day. I am armed 24 hours a day, and I do wear my weapon while watching TV. It is of absolutely no use to have weapons in the home that are stored away in a remote area. I have at least 1 weapon in easy reach in every room of the house as well as the ones I wear all the time. I do NOT live in fear - because I'm prepared. I think that in light of the ongoing crime in the US and the boldness of the type of crime that takes place, it's unbelievable that the victim mindset that you describe, TF, persists. Thank goodness the attacker was caught. I hope that the people of Millburn and elsewhere begin to wake up to the necessity of protecting themselves and their families.
TF July 02, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I actually know quite a bit about home security, thank you very much. My dog is as large and powerful as my gun collection. "There were at least 5 seconds from her backing away from the doorway before the attack started, and at least that much time from her rising from the couch and waling to the doorway. In 10 seconds she could have grabbed a gun or a knife (provided that they were stashed nearby in advance), thrown furtniture, made a 911 call, fled, or directed her child out of the room (or maybe two of these options). This is common self-defense knowledge." I would think fleeing would be out of the question considering her baby was upstairs. From what I understand, which is quite accurate, is that the video is edited so we really have no idea how much time elapsed between attacks. You are entitled to your opinion on how she should have defended herself, but her children are unharmed, she is alive, and he was caught.
Gert July 12, 2013 at 09:51 PM
TF, there WAS at least 5 seconds of unedited footage of the woman backing away from the door. Earlier unedited video showed her casually getting up and walking to the doorway before the segment where she was backing away. For someone who claims to know a lot about home security and has a gun collection, please review your comments: "Everyone thinks they know everything.... When on earth would she have had time to grab a gun? ... People are unbelievable." As I said: Impolite, unhelpful, and inaccurate.

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