MONTCLAIR, NJ - After a 17-year-old female was beaten unconscious during a home invasion, Montclair Police have announced an arrest.
On October 19, at 3:26 PM, the teen victim reported to Montclair Police that an unknown male entered her apartment through an unlocked window, demanding money. She was home alone during that time.
According to police officials, when the teen informed the suspect that she had no money to give, he beat her to the point of unconsciousness. He then tied her up with bedsheets, placed her in a closet and stole electronics and jewelry items from the home.
After coming to, the teen managed to free herself, escape through a bathroom window and call the police from her neighbor's apartment. According to reports, the suspect had fled the scene before officers responded to the Hillside Avenue apartment.
Sgt Terrence Turner stated, "When the victim told the suspect that she did not have any money, he violently assaulted her to the point of unconsciousness before tying her up with bedsheets and placing her in a closet."
The victim was treated at a local hospital for facial injuries but was later released.
Following an investigation, conducted by the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Anthony L. Harper, 30, of Newark, was identified as the suspect and arrested on November 9 after Newark Penn Station Police recognized him by his photos from statewide alerts distributed by the Montclair Police Department.
Harper has a history of arrests for criminal mischief and was arrested in 2017 following a burglary in Summit.
Harper is currently in custody awaiting transport to the Essex County Correctional Facility.
He was charged with the following criminal offenses:
1. Criminal Attempt – Murder
5. Theft of Movable Property
6. Terroristic Threats 3rd degree crime.
7. Endangering an Injured Victim
8. Aggravated Assault
9. Criminal Restraint