NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department announced today that police are investigating a home invasion in the township.
Police were called after two masked men broke into the home, restrained family members and ransacked the house at 10:40 p.m. on October 30, 2014.
It was not immediately known whether any property was taken by the men, who were armed during the home invasion of the family, all members of the Asian Indian community.
“This series of violent home invasions, which has now apparently touched the Edison community, is very disturbing to me,” said Edison Councilwoman Sapana Shah. “If the perpetrators are indeed targeting the Asian community I would want them prosecuted under New Jersey’s hate crime statutes,”
No arrests have been made, but an investigation is active and is continuing with assistance from the New Jersey State Police, the FBI and the Edison, South Plainfield and Old Bridge police departments.
The home invasion is the fourth in Middlesex County in recent weeks. There will be no comment on whether the burglaries are related, or whether they were committed by the same individuals.
Prosecutor Carey advised residents to be vigilant, watch neighbors’ homes and call police regarding any suspicious activity. He also advised residents to make certain their homes are secure.
Prior incidents occurred at a home in South Plainfield on October 28, 2014, and at homes in Old Bridge on October 26, 2014 and on October 20, 2014. Asian Indian families also were accosted and restrained in those incidents as gunmen ransacked the homes and took valuables including cash, electronics and jewelry.
Anyone with information is urged to call their local police, or Agent John Selesky of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3439, or Detective John Marotta of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745- 3331.
In addition, Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc. is offering cash rewards to anyone who wants to provide information anonymously.
The Crime Stoppers phone number is: 1-800-939-9600. Anyone with information may access the Crime Stoppers website at middlesextips.com. Text messages with information may also be sent to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword ‘’midtip’’ followed by a message.
Those who call will be given instructions on how to collect cash rewards by using a numerical code that will be recognized by a local bank, which will pay the rewards following approval by Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc.
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