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Sunday, 30 June 2013
Man invades a woman’s home and assaulted her before her 3-year-old daughter (PHOTO)
Shawn Custis was arrested and charged with attempted murder, robbery, burglary and child endangerment in connection with a violent home invasion on Friday, June 21, that left a mother beaten in an attack that was captured by a nanny camera.
The robber broke into the woman’s home, tackled her, knocked her senseless in front of her toddler and stole her wedding ring.
And a “nanny” camera filmed every stomach-turning moment of the attack.
Armed with the crucial video evidence, authorities say they identified the brute as ex-con Shawn Custis, 42, and nabbed him in Manhattan Friday, hours after an old mug shot was released to the media.
The attacker threw the woman to the floor while her little girl looked on from the sofa.
Custis, whose criminal record dates to the early 1990s and includes a dozen convictions, was tracked to a building on Tenth Ave. in Washington Heights, where the FBI’s Violent Fugitive Task Force and cops from Millburn, N.J., pinched him inside an apartment building lobby about 5:30 p.m., sources said.
A week earlier, the victim, a Millburn resident, was at home watching cartoons with her 3-year-old daughter while her 18-month-old slept upstairs. Luckily, a nanny camera was filming from atop its perch on a fireplace mantle in the room where the mother was watching TV.
The home invader then dragged the woman and threw her down the stairs.
Suddenly, the hulking suspect smashed down the back door and wrestled the woman to the ground. Custis, who had just been released from prison in December after doing a 10-month stretch for a string of New Jersey burglaries, was filmed kicking and punching her, authorities said.
In one horrifying image from the video, the suspect is seen on top of the woman and reaches his hand back over his head to wind up a haymaker punch.
“Where your pocketbook at?” the suspect demanded as the woman moaned in pain, according to Millburn Police Capt. Michael Palardy.
The unidentified mother was beaten in an attack that was captured by a nanny camera.
Custis threw the woman down the basement steps before running off with her wedding ring and other valuables, authorities said. The woman suffered a concussion, a leg injury, bruises on her face, chipped teeth and cuts around her mouth.
The brave mother told reporters she was afraid to cry out, fearing her daughter would get upset and anger her attacker. “I knew that if I started screaming, my daughter would, too, and I was afraid she would get hurt,” she told News 12. “I took it. I didn’t cry the entire time.”
Shawn Custis, 42, is facing charges of attempted murder, robbery, burglary and child endangerment in connection with a violent home invasion on June 21.
The children were not hurt.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s office issued a warrant for Custis’ arrest Friday afternoon. Anthony Ambrose, Chief of Detectives in the prosecutor’s office, told The Star-Ledger that his staff received numerous calls about Custis’ whereabouts after his mug shot was released to the press on Friday.
Custis is facing charges of attempted murder, robbery, burglary and child endangerment. He is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail.