Man assaulted, robbed women, 102 and 72, in Toms River home invasion

    Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man wanted for a brazen home invasion robbery yesterday evening in Toms River.

    Police responded to a house on Dock Street near the township’s downtown area at 8:40 p.m. and determined that two women were robbed inside the dwelling by a lone assailant, said Toms River Police Department spokesman Ralph Stocco in a release.

    According to the spokesman, a 72-year-old woman, home alone with her 102-year-old mother, answered the door after the doorbell rang and was immediately pushed inside by a man in his 30s.

    “He grabbed control of her arms and dragged her towards the interior of the home and towards the 102-year-old woman. She tried to activate her lifeline pendant that was around her neck,” Stocco said. “However, the suspect pushed the 102-year-old to the floor and yanked it away before she could push the button.”

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    The victims complied with repeated demands for cash, and the suspect fled the house with money, running south on Dock Street, the spokesman said.

    Police describe the suspect as a white male approximately 5-feet, 8-inches tall with a thin build, wearing a black knit hat, jeans, and a waist length coat.

    The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office CSI Unit responded and is assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information should contact Det. Lou Santora at 732-349-0150 x1276.

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