LINDEN, NJ - A Woodbridge man has been arrested and charged with being responsible for a violent sexual assault that took place in Linden late last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart announced in a joint release on Monday.

Tyrone R. Johnson, 33, has been charged with second-degree sexual assault and second-degree aggravated assault. 

The arrest is the result of an investigation that began on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, when members of the Linden Police Department were dispatched to a residence in Linden, where they encountered the victim, an adult female, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Christina Fay, who is prosecuting the case.

Sign Up for Linden Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

The victim reported that earlier in the day, she had been taken by the defendant to a secluded area on East Elizabeth Avenue, where Johnson allegedly stated that she was “going to do what he wanted,” then began pulling off her clothing – and when she pleaded for him to stop, he physically and sexually assaulted her.

She was subsequently transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that included, among others, a fractured orbital bone and bruising and abrasions to her upper body.

An investigation involving members of the Linden Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit resulted in Johnson being identified as a suspect, and he was arrested without incident at his home on Friday.

He was then lodged in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance and detention hearing to take place in Superior Court.

Anyone with further information about Johnson’s activities is strongly urged to contact Linden Police Department Detective Matthew Jones at 908-474-8500 or Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256; tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at

Convictions on second-degree criminal offenses are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Are you a business interested in reaching our audience? Contact Aeisha Hayward at

Sign up for TAPinto Linden E-News alerts to be the first to read about all things Linden!

Download the FREE TAPinto App!  Click here for Android - Click here for iOS for breaking news, traffic/weather alerts and special offers.

Celebrating Something Special? Showcase Your Anniversary, Birthday, Graduation, and MORE on TAPinto Milestones!