MILLBURN - An increased police presence on the streets of Millburn is a comfort to some, but an indication that a violent man is still on the loose.
Police have released a physical description of the man they are searching for in a brutal home invasion case.
Officials say the suspect is a black male, between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall. He is approximately 230 pounds and between 37 and 45 years old. There is some gray in his beard and he appears to be left-handed
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Law enforcement is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the man involved. The attacker brutally beat a woman inside her home and in front of her 3-year-old daughter on Friday.
The vicious attack, which was in broad daylight, was caught on a nanny camera inside the Cypress Street home. Police say the video has already provided them with several leads. The victim, who News 12 New Jersey is not identifying, says her daughter saw everything and that she tried her best to hold herself together during the attack.
"I knew that if I started screaming, my daughter would too, and I was afraid she would get hurt," the young mother said. "I took it. I didn't cry the entire time."
Neither the girl nor a 1-year-old boy sleeping upstairs was injured in the attack. The man is seen pushing his way into the home and repeatedly punching and kicking the woman, who has released the nanny cam video in order to help police catch her attacker.
The woman is seen being punched and kicked at least 16 times before she was pushed down the basement stairs. She suffered a concussion and facial injuries. The attacker got away with jewelry, including the woman's wedding ring. Officers have checked pawn shops to see if the suspect has tried to sell those items.
Police say the attacker's behavior shows that he may have committed this crime before. The family says they will be installing an alarm system.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Lt. Keith Laverty, of the Millburn Police Department, at (973) 564-7001 or (973) 565-7016.