SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Police are investigating an incident that occurred Wednesday, Feb. 22, when a woman was assaulted in her home during a burglary, according to a press release today from Chief Kyle M. Kroll of the South Orange Police Department.
According to police, at about 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 22, a Ward Place resident "stated that she was on the third floor of her residence when she heard noises coming from her second floor."
When the woman went to investigate further, she found an intruder, who she described as a black man in his 30’s approximately 5’9” to 6’0” in height, unshaven and wearing a black hooded type sweatshirt and blue jeans, stated police in the release.
The woman stated that upon discovering the man she was assaulted physically by him, and that he "struck her about her body with his fists," according to the release.
The man then fled the residence on foot, stated police. Upon arrival, police discovered that the man had gained entry via a rear sliding door and was preparing to remove property from "that same point of entry," said police.
The South Orange Police Department has released a composite sketch of the suspect, which was completed by the Forensic Artist Unit of the New Jersey State Police.
The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Lieutenant Brian McGuire with the South Orange Police Department at (973) 763-3000 x.7788