UPDATE: Armed Home Invasion in Brick: 10 Year-old Runs Out, Homeowner Gagged

Brick residents were coming to grips this weekend with the news of an armed home invasion that forced a 10-year-old child to flee from his home, and left a homeowner gagged.

The 10-year-old child ran from his home on Montclair Drive Thursday after hearing two men forcibly enter the Brick residence, police said. Then, after the child told neighbors, officers arrived to find the homeowner bound and gagged by the suspects.

By then, the suspects had fled.

Brick Police Captain Robert Mazza said two black men dressed in black, their faces covered in scarves, forcibly entered the home, and one was holding a long barrel gun, the victim reported. 

Though no one was injured in the incident, another child was in the home at the time of the incident, in addition to the 10 year-old who ran to neighbors' to call the police. The homeowner was left bound on the floor of the home.

The two men "ransacked the home," Mazza said, then fled on foot. Brick Police extensively searched the area, using K-9 officers and assistance from Wall and Point Pleasant Boro police.

Neighbors in the quiet neighborhood were upset to learn of the violent intrusion. "I've been here 38 years, we've never had anything like this happening here," said neighbor Iris Chiesa, according to WNBC-TV

"I need to lock my doors tonight, that's what it makes me think," said another neighbor, Jim Hicks, according to WNBC-TV. 

Ishawn David Redd, of Allenhurst Avenue in Neptune Township, was arrested and charged for defiant trespass and hindering apprehension after he was found lying on the ground, hiding in a backyard on Main Avenue. Police said the trespass appears unrelated.

No charges have been filed for the Montclair Avenue incident as of yet. Mazza said the investigation is still very much underway.

He said police are looking for proceeds from the home invasion, including clothing or other items that may have been dropped in backyards as the suspects fled. Police are asking anyone who finds suspicious items to come forward.

Here is the complete post from Capt. Mazza:

On December 5th, 2013, at approximately, 8:20pm, Brick Police responded to a residence on Montclair Dr in reference to a Home Invasion. A 10-year-old child ran from the house when the two suspects made forcible entry into the house and went to a neighbor’s house, at which time, the police were called. 

Brick Police Officers responded to the residence and found the homeowner bound and gagged on the floor and another younger child inside the house.  The victim was not  injured during the assault.

The victim reported that two (2) black males, dressed all in black and covering their faces with scarf’s, forced entry into the residence armed possibly with long guns. The suspects bound the victim, ransacked the house and fled on foot.  

An extensive search of the area was conducted by officers and K-9 teams, which lead to the arrest of Ishawn David Redd, from Allenhurst Ave, Neptune Twp, for Defiant Trespass and Hindering Apprehension. Redd was found lying on the ground in the backyard of a house on Main Av. The defiant trespass charge is not related to the home invasion on Montclair Dr. Point Pleasant Boro and Wall Twp Police assisted in the search.

Investigation is continuing at this time. Brick Police are actively searching for proceeds or evidence, including clothing, in the neighborhood.  Anyone who lives in the area who observed any suspicious items, such has clothing, in their yard are asked not to touch the item and to contact the Brick Police at 732-262-1100. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Brick Twp. Police Detective Bureau, Det. Thomas Cooney or Det. Greg Mullarkey, at 732-262-1120.

Original Post:

A Montclair Drive residence in Brick was reportedly the scene of an armed home invasion around 9 p.m., according to police communications.

Brick Patch is awaiting confirmation after hearing last night police scanner transmissions regarding two men who forced entry into the Montclair Drive home, one armed with a long barrel gun in a reported armed home invasion.
The report was at approximately 8:52 p.m. Thursday.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.
FD December 06, 2013 at 04:47 PM
I'm going to play Captain Obvious here, you mean to tell me that the child hears them break into the house, runs across the street to the neighbors, neighbors call the police and the intruders still had time to bound and gag the guy in the house and got away before the cops got there. Not to make light of it but, either the Brick PD response time was way slow or the 2 intruders were Navy Seals.
Legion December 06, 2013 at 04:49 PM
At least the gays have a sense of fashion and style. I say we open up a few gay bars and H&M's and try to attract them to brick. Some parts of Asbury look absolutely fabulous now (couldn't resist)
Legion December 06, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Btw the Hasidics are already starting to spread into Brick in the neighborhood behind the target.
Sean Kelley December 06, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Perfect, we're on the right track. Just need them on Herbertsville Rd. I thought the new owners of Maple Leaf were Hasidic as well?...
Brian December 06, 2013 at 04:58 PM
I've had some family down here for 20 years and always said when I got older I wanted to live down here. When I got settled in and married, we decided to come down here. "Safest town in America" LOL. I guess it is my fault for not doing enough research into the school system or the riff raff in town.
Sean Kelley December 06, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Nah, you did well Brian. It's still a very safe town. I've been here my entire life, I would say 80% of my graduating class still live here, and classes of kids I grew up with before and after me are still here and love this town. Many of my friends are now teachers in both schools, and I ask them how the schools are all of the time, I'll have my kids in there within the next year or so. Schools are solid, don't get caught up in the wash. I work in Belmar/Wall area...the Wall Patch is littered with break-ins and robberies...We're not alone.
Terry Newton December 06, 2013 at 05:07 PM
This is why I have a dog! Robbers normally skip homes with dogs. By the way, lock your doors and try and have a safe & happy holiday season!
Mr. Smith December 06, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Once again we need to look at Maple Leaf and Saw Mill. I would take bets that is where they living or bidding. We have always had minorities living in this town. The difference today is that people moving into these developments are section 8 and pure trash. Judge people by there actions not there skin color. We all know the actions of the trash in Maple Leaf and Sawmill.
WMS826 December 06, 2013 at 08:57 PM
The mayor can stop this easily.....crack down on section eight housing...make it hard for people to do that with properties that are not owner occupied. Get your cops out there and moving. I do believe the police chief here is a bit weak and not really aware of what is going to happen. I doubt he has much experience with these types of problems. He needs to have a more aggressive police force or give the cops the confidence they need to go out there and be active. But I do not think he lives here so why should he stick his neck out when he can take the easy route and go home to somewhere else at five.
BrickAmericanMan December 06, 2013 at 09:54 PM
we have to stop the jewish people from block busting and allowing these types to move in and ruin our town! time to take brick back. I fully support racial profiling in brick.
Jim December 06, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Scary stuff. That's why I sleep soundly knowing I can reach for my .45 instead of waiting to be bound and gagged in my own home.
WMS826 December 06, 2013 at 10:44 PM
So why was this other black male laying in the backyard and not charged with this crime. Just a coincidence I should think not.
Laura December 06, 2013 at 11:38 PM
So, if the homeowner had a weapon also, it could have been gunfight at the Montclair corral?
lazereye December 07, 2013 at 06:15 AM
they are building apartment buildings by berry fresh it was to be 55 and older but the town passed it to be anyone can live there. You can bet there will be sec.8 there to. Bye Bye to that area.
Mrs. G. December 07, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Where is Montclair Drive? I checked google maps, and it showed a tiny arrow by 18th Ave. But, it didn't show it on the map by name. It looked as if it were pointing to 18 Ave. Is it a very small street?
Shawn December 07, 2013 at 08:24 AM
I love all the dopey comments. Last time I checked nobody has ever introduced a bill to remove people's second amendment rights. The only bills that have been proposed were to make sure people get proper background checks and to ban assault rifles.
dsureknock December 07, 2013 at 08:27 AM
Yes mrs. G it is a small street that runs parallel to herbertsville rd, and it is a nice quiet neighborhood.
Katherine Lockwood December 07, 2013 at 08:43 AM
It changes names for maybe 3 blocks, it is the continuation of Jefferson Ct. I'm not sure which house this is but they may be renters themselves, likely personal
Donnie Brasco December 07, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Based on the article the intruder was from Neptune, so why are people talking about Lakewood, brick and section 8?
WMS826 December 07, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Donnie you are the lamb lead to slaughter...please tell everyone that section 8 housing is great for a town...please tell me that the trash renting section 8 in Saw Mill do not bring other trash from Neptune and Asbury and Brooklyn. I have a bridge for sale when you are ready sir.
Bricktown Lew December 07, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Donnie, it's because this incident happened in Brick. Granted it was another incident north of Van Zile. That's a combat zone over there.
Daniel Nee (Editor) December 07, 2013 at 11:46 AM
WMS826 et als - No mayor or council can "stop" Section 8 or limit housing to owner-occupied only according to state law. Period. We did a story on that a while back when I was editor. Just the messenger here. I grew up in Herbertsville and I'm keenly aware of the Maple Leaf situation (as well as a few others in town). For the record, the chief does live here in town and has for a long time, to the best of my knowledge.
Bricktown Lew December 07, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I think what people really have to understand is that our area over here was never as good as it was hyped up to be and it got much, much, worse the past few years. Top that off with the fact that even though one should respect another person's privacy, people don't know each other anymore. Growing up decades ago, everyone on my block knew each other. We may not have regularly associated, but we knew each other by name and had common courtesy to greet each other and ask how things are. Nowadays, no one knows their neighbor and doesn't want to know or care about anything but themselves. Someone strange in the neighbor's yard looking in a window across the street? It's not my yard so I don't know and don't care, right? Then when the police come asking questions, no one knows or saw anything. Makes for an easier neighborhood to target.
RCL67 December 07, 2013 at 12:26 PM
My mother bought her townhouse in Maple Leaf 25 years ago. Now I live here. I remember , back in the day, this was the area to be in. Yes, over the past 10 years it has declined. But, with all the arrests , cops being more present, and the cameras, it has been quiet. Us neighbors all know each other ( at least where I am ). We look out for each other. Hopefully , these trouble makers realize that with all the arrests, they are moving out of here. Problem is, they are moving down southern NJ and starting problem there. So what is it going to take? What really gets me is that the town is allowing another complex to be build and LIED to the town ( 55+ age. Nope , they changed that ). What is it going to take for the mayor to do something about it!!!
84C December 07, 2013 at 11:33 PM
What can we do? I live by the woods where the houses are going up. I guess I should invest in a bulletproof vest.
WMS826 December 08, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Daniel....the powers that be can certainly do more to stop the section eight issue than they are doing now. Can they stop it out right...no..,but there is more they can do. This is a reflection of the failed current administration. Brielle, Wall, and others would be pushing back as much as they could with this issue. Here nothing. We seem to throw our hands up or make it easy for others to profit from this. Lakewood is dispersing their huddled masses to the surrounding towns as that town booms. As Lakewood maxes out at 200,000 they will need more space and room as we see with the Jackson twp planned high school there. I will give Mayor Ducey a few months by spring, then if no improvement in our government I will call the realtor. Brick government has more power to stop this or make it harder to do then you know. Someone on mantolooking rd owns ten units in there. Most are Lakewood owners. This happened in the 80s in sawmill and was corrected back then. Email me and we can talk more.
WMS826 December 08, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Better yet,,,,have mayor Ducey contact me if he cares....I will show him how to do it legally and above board.
Bricktown Lew December 08, 2013 at 12:48 PM
@84C, Now is the time for action. You can try to waste a lot of time protesting and trying to "fight city hall," but that won't do you any good. However, we in the emergency services have a term called "mitigation." That means to take action and take precautions of possible situations BEFORE they come up. So, if those aren't 55+ community houses going up and you there is a security risk developing, contact your neighbors. Take precautions on better securing your home and properties. Lock things up! Contact the police to organize a neighborhood watch. Get the signs up. Organize patrols on your street(s). Make your presence know now and that your street is no easy target and people are look out for each other. Better to be actively trying to help the situation than to sit, hope for the best, and let politics handle it. In the emergency services, we have another term for politicians solving problems. It's called "Hahahahahaha!"
Annie Moore December 13, 2013 at 08:24 AM
What happened to this story? I haven't seen any follow-ups to the initial plastering of the headlines on the front page of the Press. Was this a real invasion? Was it something else? Someone thought all of Brick needed to read the news then, and I'm sure more people than I were made uneasy. Is there an ongoing investigation? Any suspects? Anything at all happening here?
Legion December 13, 2013 at 03:54 PM
@Annie: I can't answer the questions you asked but I did save a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to geico.


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