Camera captures woman's beating by robber in New Jersey
MILLBURN, N.J. — A hulking robber forced his way into a home and attacked a woman watching cartoons with her 3-year-old daughter, punching and kicking her in a series of assaults recorded by a home surveillance camera before throwing her down the basement stairs and nonchalantly walking out the front door, police said.
Portions of the nanny-cam footage were aired on television on Tuesday as police sought the public's help in identifying the man responsible for the attack, which occurred on Friday morning in Millburn, a suburb of about 20,000 residents just west of New York.
Police Capt. Michael Palardy said he was revolted by what he saw the man do to the woman on the video.
“There was no reason for him to touch her at all because she would have willingly gave him what he wanted,” Palardy said. “I've probably gone through this video 20 times, and it still sickens me every time I see it. He had no regard for her life. He didn't care if she lived or died.”
Police withheld the woman's name to protect her identity and requested the faces of her and her child be blurred when the video was aired.
The woman suffered a concussion, bruises, chipped teeth and cuts around the mouth that required stitches, police said. It's believed she was knocked unconscious when tossed down the stairs; then she awoke and called police. She was treated at a hospital and was released.
The nanny-cam footage shows the woman sitting next to her child in front of the TV, then getting up to check out a noise out of the frame. It then shows her backing up and being attacked by a man who rushes her.
The burglar made three trips upstairs to rifle through the family's belongings, police said, assaulting the woman on the trips back to the first floor, kicking her, punching her and yanking her by the hair.
The woman screams at the beginning of the assaults, which took place over several minutes, but then is quiet as her 3-year-old remains glued to the couch.
“I knew that if I started screaming, my daughter would, too, and I was afraid she would get hurt,” the woman told News 12 New Jersey. “I took it. I didn't cry the entire time.”