Posted on June 25, 2013

Terrifying New Jersey Home Invasion and Beating Caught on Homeowner’s Nanny Cam

Sasha Goldstein, NY Daily News, June 25, 2013

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.

“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.


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.


“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. {snip}

“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. {snip}

“It’s a bedroom community,” Palardy said. “People move here because it’s a safe town.”


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.