Man arrested in home invasion robbery, beating caught on nanny cam

June 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

MILLBURN, N.J., June 29 (UPI) -- A suspect was arrested in New York City in the home invasion robbery and beating of a New Jersey mother caught on a nanny cam, prosecutors said.

Shawn Custis, 42, was arrested Friday by FBI agents and Essex County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office detectives in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment building charged in the June 21 attack in Millburn, N.J., The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Saturday.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said "the biggest break" in the case came after several Newark residents who had seen the video said they recognized Custis, described as a career criminal most recently released from prison in December.

Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives for the prosecutor's office, called the home invasion attack "a horrific and brutal crime."

Superior Curt Judge Thomas Moore set bail at $750,000 for Custis, who is charged with first-degree attempted murder, robbery, burglary and endangering the welfare of a child

In the nanny cam video, a man is seen entering the home, and punching and kicking the woman and pulling her by the hair as her 3-year-old daughter watched. The girl and an 18-month-old boy asleep upstairs were not physically hurt.

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