MORRISTOWN, NJ – Police arrested a 47-year-old East Orange man Friday on a string of charges related to a Tuesday kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault in Morristown. He is also believed to be connected to a slew of residential burglaries that occurred in November and Decembers.
The man’s arrest comes on the heels of Morristown’s first Women’s March Saturday, where approximately 10,000 people marched from Town Hall to the Green in support of women’s rights and equality.
Morristown Police responded to a report of sexual assault Tuesday at an unnamed apartment building. The victim allegedly returned home from shopping and found an unidentified male in her apartment, authorities said.
He reportedly demanded the victim’s PIN number for a debit card and broke various electronics inside the apartment before he attacked her with a taser, forcibly tied her up and sexually assaulted her. After the alleged assault, the suspected perpetrator left the apartment with the cash and a credit card belonging to the victim, who was then able to free herself and call police, according to reports.
Detectives obtained a description of the assailant from the victim, as well as surveillance video fitting his description who was present in the vicinity at the time the alleged crime occurred, police said.
Footage also captured a vehicle similar to one known to be owned by Brian Session, who was identified as a potential suspect, according to police.
Subsequent searches revealed that Session was in possession of a taser and “an article of clothing consistent with the clothing worn by the actor,” reports said.
Relating to the Tuesday kidnapping and burglary, Session was charged with first-degree kidnapping, multiple counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, several second-degree counts of sexual assault, burglary and robbery, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and fourth-degree theft by unlawful taking, police said.
In connection with the November and December burglaries, Session was also charged with three counts of third-degree degree burglary, one count of third-degree theft by unlawful taking, one count of fourth-degree theft by unlawful taking, and three counts of third-degree attempted burglary, according to police.
These residential burglaries are alleged to have occurred at various apartments within 12 Ridgedale Ave. and 34 Hill St. in Morristown, police reports said.
Session was arrested Friday and charged Saturday in the early morning hours, authorities reported. He was then transferred to the Morris County Correctional Facility on a warrant complaint in accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act, police said.
Detectives from the Morristown Bureau of Police, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes and Child Endangerment Unit led the investigation into Tuesday’s alleged kidnapping and sexual assault with assistance from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Special Operations Division and Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, according to reports.
Anyone with information related to any of these incidents is strongly encouraged to contact the Morristown Bureau of Police at 973-538-2200, the Sex Crimes and Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or Crimestoppers at 973-COP-CALL (973-267-2255).
The charges and allegations against this defendant are merely accusations, and this defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.
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