The nanny cam home invasion video has led to the arrest of 42-year-old Shawn Custis who was caught by the FBI and detectives less than an hour after authorities released his name and issued a warrant for his arrest, said acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray according to a June 28, 2013, NJ report.
“Murray said investigators received ‘the biggest break’ after several Newark residents who had seen the video said they recognized Custis, a career criminal who was most recently released from prison in December.”
Around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, the suspect kicked his way into the home of a quiet suburban Millburn family in New Jersey. The home on Cypress Street had a hidden nanny cam which captured the horrific and brutal home invasion on video.
On the nanny cam home invasion video, the suspect can be seen bursting into the home and brutally assaulting the woman of the house while her three-year-old daughter sits frozen on the living room couch holding on tightly to a blanket while the suspect repeatedly punches, kicks, and pulls her mom by the hair.
The nanny cam home invasion video also shows the suspect going upstairs three times but returns and continues to beat the three-year-old’s mother. In the video interview, the mom says that she tried not to scream because she was afraid that it would set the suspect off even more and that he would hurt the little girl.
While being beaten, the mom also thought of her 18-month-old son who was sleeping upstairs. At some point the nanny cam home invasion video shows the suspect pulling the mom by her hair and throwing her down the basement stairs. He then leaves through the front door.
The complete home invasion attack which had been captured on the nanny cam was published across the internet and shown nationwide by news broadcasters in the hope of capturing the suspect.
The Newark residents who saw the nanny cam home invasion video contacted authorities and the suspect was arrested in the lobby of an apartment building on 10th Avenue in Manhattan. If convicted, 42-year-old Shawn Custis is facing 10 to 20 years in prison on the attempted murder charge and three to five years for the burglary charge.
The woman shown in the nanny cam home invasion video is recovering from her injuries. She has a concussion, chipped teeth, an injured lip, facial swelling and leg injuries but she thankfully did not break any bones or sustained otherwise life-threatening injuries. Her three-year-old daughter and her 18-month-old son were unharmed.