NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Brandon Cox, 23, of the Somerset Section of Franklin Township has been charged by police with 16 counts related to an attack on a Highland Park woman on Feb. 19. 

Cox has been charged with counts of kidnapping, attempted murder, aggravated assault; aggravated sexual assault; aggravated criminal sexual contact; armed robbery; burglary; unlawful possession of a weapon; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; endangering the welfare of a child, and endangering an injured victim, according to officials.

Detective Sean McGraw of the Highland Park Police Department and Detective Allie Bitterman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, charged Cox.

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“During the investigation it was determined that the victim was walking with a child when the defendant approached her, displayed a weapon, forced her into the basement of a nearby apartment building, sexually assaulted her and repeatedly punched her before fleeing,” according to a report by the Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Stephen Rizco of the Highland Park Police Department.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective McGraw of the Highland Park Police Department at (723) 572-3800, or Detective Bitterman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4401.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Cox are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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