Update - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Millburn Police Chief Gregory G. Weber announced June 28, 2013, that warrants have been issued for the arrest of Shawn Custis, 42, last known address Newark, following a joint investigation by the Millburn Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Task Force. At this time the suspect is not in custody. Authorities are actively searching for Custis. Custis is charged with first degree attempted murder in connection with the June 21 assault on the Millburn mother. He is also charged with first degree robbery, 2nd degree burglary and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The suspect is considered dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to contact 911 or the Essex County Prosecutor's Office tips line at 1-877-847-7432. The Honorable Judge Thomas Moore, J.S.C., has set bail at $750,000. These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are found guilty in court or enter a guilty plea.
According to The Item of Millburn Short Hills, a suburban New Jersey newspaper, this is a surveillance photo from a living room nanny cam of a black male, 5 ft. 11 in. tall, who broke down a back door to gain entry to a resident's home the morning of June 21, 2013, and accosted the homeowner in the presence of her 3-year-old daughter who had been sitting with her on a couch watching cartoons. He then proceeded to burglarize the home before re-attacking her and tossing her severely injured body down a set of cellar stairs. The violent nature of the attack and scenes from the video have attracted national media attention and offers of assistance from law enforcement agencies throughout the region. On June 25, the Essex County Sheriff's Office posted a cash reward for information that leads to his arrest. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated the Crimestoppers program will pay up to $5,000 for these details. Anyone with information regarding the incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Lt. Keith Laverty of the Millburn Police Department at (973) 564-7001 or (973) 565-7016.