Police Release Composite Sketch of Man Sought for New Providence Assault

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police have released a composite sketch of the man being sought for assaulting a New Providence woman in her apartment last weekend.

According to reports, the victim lives in a Springfield Avenue apartment complex. She told police she had gone outside shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday to close her car windows since it had begun to rain. When she returned to her apartment, an unknown intruder lunged at her, throwing her to the floor. They struggled and she was able to free herself and run to her neighbor's apartment. The neighbor called 911.

Police said they believed the suspected entered the victim's apartment from her fire escape through a window she had left ajar and also fled her second floor apartment out the same window and down the fire escape. The window was found to be open further than she had left it. The victim escaped with only minor injuries and refused medical attention. Patrol officers performed an extensive search of the area with the assistance of Summit police officers but did not local the suspect.

Detectives from New Providence Police Department processed the crime scene and interviewed potential witnesses as well as the victim. They were able to recover some forensic evidence from the scene.

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Police said the victim reported she only had left her apartment for about two minutes, which indicates the suspect was most likely watching her. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male between 20 and 30 years old, some facial hair, approximately 5' 7" tall, wearing a black jacket, light colored pants, and a do-rag.

The New Providence Detective Bureau is continuing to investigate. Anyone who may have observed any suspicious persons in proximity to 851 Springfield Avenue on Saturday night are requested to call the police department at (908) 665-1111.

 

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