Police: Violent Millburn home invasion caught on video crucial to case

Police say 42-year-old Shawn Custis was captured in

Police say 42-year-old Shawn Custis was captured in New York and is in custody in connection with the attack. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

MILLBURN - The arrest of a suspect in a brutal Millburn home invasion shows just how fast a case can move when it is exposed to the world.

The Millburn manhunt may have began with a crime committed on Friday, June 21, but it skyrocketed when the victim took the courageous step in sharing a video with the world. News 12 was the first news organization to air the video on Monday.

The video allegedly shows 42-year-old Shawn Custis punching and kicking the young mother while her 3-year-old daughter cowered on the couch.

Officials say that the video was crucial to the investigation, as authorities got help from people who thought they recognized Custis.

The video also rocked the sleepy suburb of Millburn, so the relief from the arrest was palpable.

Custis, who has numerous felony convictions, was tracked down and arrested in the Inwood section of northern Manhattan Friday afternoon.

He is now being held on $750,000 bail and faces 10 - 20 years in prison if convicted on the home invasion charges.

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