RAHWAY, NJ - Rahway Police are seeking the help of the public in identifying a suspect in three Rahway burglaries, one of which included a sexual assault, in the early morning hours of Friday, June 29.
The man being sought is described as a "black male in his late 20s or early 30s with a medium complexion and a medium build, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and pants," according to the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
The suspect is believed to be the one responsible for three residential break-ins during a 30-minute period on the 1000 block of Hazel Place and the 100 block of East Hazelwood Avenue early Friday morning. One of those break-ins Included the sexual assault of a woman, according acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Rahway Police Chief John Rodger.
Rahway Police reported: At approximately 4:30 a.m., police responded to the first incident to find a homeowner who reported hearing a noise inside his residence, according to the preliminary investigation. The homeowner exited his bedroom and spotted an unknown person in the hallway who immediately fled the premises; it was later determined that the suspect had made a forced entry through a second-story window. Minutes later, police responded to another home where residents reported being awoken by a noise outside. Going to investigate, the homeowners spotted an unknown person attempting to make entry through a rear sliding glass door, and when they yelled out to him, he ran. Shortly before 5 a.m., police responded to the East Hazelwood Avenue home to find a 67-year-old woman who said she had been asleep on a sofa when she awoke to an unknown man on top of her, having made entry through a rear door. The woman was hospitalized with minor injuries.
The Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit is assisting the Rahway Police Department in this investigation. Anyone with information about the break-ins or the identity of the suspect is being urged to contact Rahway Police Detective Andrew Webb at 732-669-3613.