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Millburn Home Invasion Spurs Heightened Awareness in Maplewood

Vicious beating of young mother has Maplewood neighbors on edge while police amp up patrols near border.

The home invasion and brutal beating of a mother of two last Friday on Cypress Street in Millburn—just over the Maplewood border—has shaken many Maplewood residents.

The young woman was viciously beaten in front of her 3-year-old daughter while her 1-year-old child was asleep upstairs. The attack was captured in detail on a nanny-cam and has stunned people nationwide.

The man broke down a dead-bolted door, punched, kicked and choked the woman and then threw her down the basement stairs while her child watched cartoons. 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.

“I live on the Maplewood border and I am totally disgusted and nervous after watching the video,” posted Sequoia Lauren Young on Maplewood Patch’s Facebook page. "I hope they find this [expletive] as soon as possible and he spends the rest of his life in a hole!”

“It scares the crap out of me,” wrote Mary Cunniffe Bauer. “My elderly Mom lives in Maplewood. This guy broke through a dead bolt lock…in daylight. What else can we do?” Frank Verderosa wrote: “…in three years [that] I've been here with my family Maplewood has had several murders, home invasions, endless burglaries, muggings…”

Maplewood Police Capt. John Perna said his department was taking measures “to protect our residents” including stepping up patrols and employing extra manpower near the Millburn border.

“Our officers were in the area immediately," said Perna, who said his officers had the video stills "very early on” and began searching for the man.

"We have pledged to offer any assistance required by the Millburn Police Department," Perna said. He said Maplewood Chief Robert J. Cimino had been in communication with Millburn Capt. Michael Palardy and Maplewood detectives were interacting with their counterparts.

Perna said the incident was “an isolated act” adding, “it’s certainly not the norm.” He said any time such a crime takes place, the department takes a close look to see if it resembles any similar incidents. “We have no information that it is connected to any prior incident in Maplewood at this time,” Perna said. 

Perna said there were several steps Maplewoodians could take to ease their safety concerns. 

First, residents can call the Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at 973-762-3400 x 7916 and request a free home security survey. “People should take advantage of that,” he said. 

Also, he reiterated that residents should never hesitate to call the police whenever they see anything remotely suspicious in their neighborhoods. “People should call the police immediately,” he said, and let officers determine if there is anything to be concerned about. 

The Essex County Sheriff's Office is 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.

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

Andrew June 26, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Yes, extra patrols along the Millburn border....that's where the problem is
Annmarie Leung June 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM
It is so sad that something like this happen and no one see or hear what was going on. We live next door to our neighbors and we do not take the time to check and know who our neighbors are. Being from the island we always get to know who our neighbors are, but because of the way people are, living in today's society it is so hard to even say hi, hello and by, because we don't know what the response is going to be. So with all said and done we need to be more vigilant and be aware of our surrounding for ourselves as well as for our neighbors. And I hope and pray the police catch that ruthless piece of Sh**t!
CJV June 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Maybe some of the undercover officers allocated to Chief Cimino's politically motivated witch hunt against the Pub can be returned to patrol?
Alberto Fernandez June 26, 2013 at 01:17 PM
St. Josephs in Maplewood. Years ago, the secretary was alone in the office and brutally beaten in what appears to be a similar M.O....
millresident June 26, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Millburn and Maplewood Police were always patrolling the Wyoming area even before this horrific crime took place. Maybe instead of complaining about where the police should be you should say hi to your neighbors instead of looking the other way. I know almost everyone in the area works during the day so its very possible that no one saw this dirtbag walk out the front door. He will be caught, just because the police or the mayor don't publicize it, it doesn't mean nothing is being done. As far as police working "traffic duty", they are paid by the company doing the work not the township. Do you think that if this was reported to the media on Friday or Saturday it would have gone viral like it did? I believe the police response was handled perfectly. Good police work is not transparent. And really, the mayor responding? What could she say to make anything different from what you've already heard on the news. Use this as a wake up call people, crime happens everywhere. Help your neighbors out instead of complaining about how someone else should be doing their job.
unleb June 26, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Hey CJV, how about you stop your idiotic rant about the Maplewood Police Department and the defamatory claims about it's chief and offer something constructive for a change.
Meghan June 27, 2013 at 01:59 AM
CJV clearly you work at the pub or are close with the owners because why else are you obsessed with mentioning it constantly!? Its pretty annoying so how about moving on already.
James Lawson June 27, 2013 at 09:47 PM
I agree with "unleb" and Meghan. Yes this guy needs to be put UNDER the jail. But instead of bitching, how about keeping your eyes and ears open like us and try to help the officers. My wife and my prayers go to the family!!
Sally Allen Chew June 30, 2013 at 07:04 AM
Not sure why anyone thinks that the Millburn border area is an issue. The suspect has been arrested and wasn't from around here anyway. This could happen anywhere and I'm happy to see attention to it, but focusing on the border of the town where it occurred does not make sense.

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