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Livingston Home Invasion Sends Woman to Hospital

Man said he was there to fix a "problem with the water" then bound woman with duct tape before punching her in the face.

A woman working at a Livingston home was punched in the face and bound with duct tape after a man wearing a hard hat and vest pushed his way into the house in an apparent home invasion, according to Livingston Detective Sgt. Anthony Dippold.

The woman, whose identity was not released, was working in a home on North Hillside Avenue when a man rang the doorbell around 11:30 am and said he was there to fix a “problem with the water.” When the woman refused to let him in, Livingston Police say he pushed his way in and tackled the woman, whose age was given as 45.

Once the woman’s arms and legs were bound with duct tape, the man demanded to know where the master bedroom was. He threw her on the bed and ransacked the drawers and closets in the room, then carried her around the house asking where the other bedrooms were.

Eventually, he put her inside of a bathroom and locked the door. Police said she found a small razor in the bathroom she used to cut the tape, then got out of the bathroom and used a house phone to call 911. The man heard her make the call, ran back upstairs and punched her in the face before fleeing the house.

 Livingston Police officers arrived just as the thief was leaving in his silver Mercedes. The officers chased the intruder through back roads, but were unable to capture him. They got a license plate, which they broadcast and West Orange police spotted the car a short time later and arrested him at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Main Street.

The man was identified as Tyrone Gadsden, 48, of Roselle. He was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, theft and criminal restraint. He is currently in the Livingston local lock-up, but is expected to be transferred to the Essex County Jail.

Though he did not have any outstanding warrants, police said he is known to law enforcement.

The woman employee was transported to the hospital with injuries to the ribs, back and contusions on her face from where she was punched. 

She was apparently alone in the home at the time of the robbery, the family she works for was not identified. The only other occupant of the home was a small dog, which was not injured. North Hillside Avenue is a quiet, upper middle-class residential area, with two-story contemporary and traditional homes.

The homes are dotted with circular driveways, basketball hoops and landscaped lawns.

Thirty Four June 27, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I can tell that the police are patrolling our streets a lot. I don't think I can go out around town each day without facing a patrol car. Our police actually captured many of these criminals. Like I said, the problem is not our police. It is the prosecutor office. The prosecutor web page said it all. They screened out almost 40% of the cases. (http://www.njecpo.org/munscr.htm) Also, Raquel, no law needs to be changed. Just need to voice to our county official that they need to take crimes in suburban towns seriously. At least these people should get jail time. Don't send the cases back to muni courts which can do fines only like $300.
Short Hills resident July 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
This story is deeply shocking to me. 3 houses were broken into in Short Hills at 11:30am int he last few months (thankfully no one was home in any of these incidents). It is very inaccurate to call someone who breaks into a home, ties up a resident and punches the resident a "thief". These are multiple violent offenses committed in the middle of the day - robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, theft and criminal restraint. No word on whether he was armed as well. The criminal was obviously unconcerned about being identified. If the victim had not called the police she might've been killed. To add insult to injury "the thief was leaving in his silver Mercedes" - so the criminal was driving a Mercedes? From the photo it looks to be in great condition and relatively new. That tells me he wasn't a desperate drug addict. This incident displays an extreme disregard for police and the likelihood of being caught and punished. Think about it - the criminal drove his car to the house. Rang the doorbell. Then when the resident answered and refused to open the door decided to break in, tie her up, ransack the house while dragging her from room to room and when she escapes and calls the police, returns to brutalize her before leaving. He wasn't even in hurry when he knew the police had been called. Terrifying Event! This goes many many steps beyond theft from a parked car. This guy needs to go away for 25 years.
madeline santamaria July 08, 2012 at 08:26 AM
I FEEL BAD FOR THE LADY.FOR HIM TEN YEARS IN JAIL AT LEASE. ITS THE ONLY WAY TO FIX THIS WORLD.AND LET THEM WORK IN JAIL.
madeline santamaria July 08, 2012 at 08:37 AM
JUST 300 IN FINE? THEY WILL DO IT AGAIN.THAT IS WHY WE HAVE ALL THE CRIMINAL'S ON THE STREET'S.ITS CRAZY.WE HAVE NO LAW.
ron g August 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM
i think he is a nice guy i no him

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