Brick Police Searching for Man Wanted in Burglary, Assault on 3 Year Old
Girl was Hamilton man's daughter, injured by brick thrown into Sawmill Road apartment
Brick Police say they are searching for a Hamilton man wanted for disobeying a restraining order, then throwing a brick that injured his three-year-old daughter.
The police department is asking for the public's help in locating Edward L. Smith, 25, who Capt. John Rein said violated a final restraining order by entering the Sawmill Road apartment of his ex-girlfriend Saturday night around 9 p.m.
Before police arrived, Smith went to the rear of the apartment and threw a landscaping brick through the sliding glass door window after being told to leave, Rein said.
The couple’s three-year-old daughter was standing in the kitchen near the window and was struck in the mouth by the brick after it crashed through the window.
Police say Smith then re-entered the apartment, smashed his ex-girlfriend's cell phone and fled the area by stealing the ex-girlfriend's vehicle, a 1996 Dodge Stratus. The vehicle was later found in Lakewood at the residence of one of Smith's relatives.
The child was transported to Ocean Medical Center for treatment of her injuries, which included abrasions to her face and a laceration to her upper lip that required stitches. The child also suffered the loss of a tooth in the attack, Rein said.
A warrant for Smith’s arrest was issued by Ocean County Superior Court Judge Francis Hodgson for simple assault, burglary, criminal mischief and theft. Bail has been set at $150,000 with no option to post a 10 percent bond.
Smith is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen in the area of Congress Street in Lakewood but has family and contacts in the Trenton and Camden areas.
Anyone with information as to Smith's whereabouts is being asked to contact Brick Police Detective Robert Shepherd at 732-262-1120 or their local police department.