MILBURN, New Jersey (PIX11) – As the sun set on a Millburn, New Jersey neighborhood, some residents are on edge.
After all, the violent criminal caught on camera, brutally beating up a woman in front of her daughter, is still on the streets.
“I am a bit fearful. It is real,” said Jackie Friedman of Millburn, a friend of the victim’s family.
It has been a real fear for residents since Friday morning when police say the home invasion happened. They say, the young mother was making breakfast for her children around 10am when an intruder kicked through the locked back door of the house and attacked her. In the video, captured by the family’s nanny cam in the living room, you can see the man punched her repeatedly, even kicked her in the face.
For friends of the family, like the Friedmans who live on the same street, seeing that video makes them sick.
“This is a neighbor we have known for several years and you know it’s like having it happen to your family. She’s like part of the family. It’s just hurts,” said Gideon Friedman. His wife Jackie added, “We’re so sorry and we hope we find the perpetrator.”
That perpetrator, police say, did not just attack once that morning. They say he went upstairs, rifled through rooms and stole some jewelry. When he came back down, he beat the woman again, punching her in the face, then dragging her to a door believed to be the basement and threw her down the stairs.
An eye witness to the entire attack?
The woman’s 3-year-old daughter who was sitting on the couch. You can see a blurry image of the little girl’s legs in the video. The woman reportedly said she kept herself from screaming to protect her daughter.
Jackie says that speaks to her character.
“She has strength that I don’t know if I would have had,” said Jackie Friedman.
She says that strength is also clear by the sheer fact that nanny cam video is out there at all.
“I’m grateful she allowed it to be public. Let the people see how horrible the incident was,” said Jackie as Gideon added, “Hopefully it will cast a wider net for people to find him.”
“We all are fighting for her, against him and against all like him,” said Jackie who says the neighbors are hoping to raise enough money to buy the family a security system.
Police say the woman suffered a concussion but was treated and released from the hospital over the weekend.
The two children who were in the house at the time of the attack were not hurt.
If you recognize the suspect in the video, call law enforcement at 973-564-7001.