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.
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.