By ERIN ROLL
A man has been arrested for allegedly burglarizing a Hillside Avenue apartment on Oct. 19 and assaulting a teenage girl who lived there.
Anthony Harper, 30, of Newark, was arrested at Newark Penn Station on Nov. 9 after members of the NJ Transit Police Department recognized him from statewide alerts sent out by the Montclair Police Department.
The 17-year-old girl was alone at the apartment when an unknown male entered the apartment through an unlocked window and confronted her, demanding money. When the victim told the suspect she did not have any money, the man violently assaulted her to the point of unconsciousness, before tying her up with bedsheets and placing her in a closet. The suspect then fled the scene, police said.
The victim was able to free herself, escape the apartment through a bathroom window and run to a neighbor’s apartment for help. She was treated at a local hospital for facial injuries and later released, police said.
Electronics and jewelry were found to be missing from the apartment, according to police.
Montclair detectives conducted an investigation and identified Harper as the suspect in the incident.
Harper has been charged with the following criminal offenses: criminal attempt – murder, kidnapping, robbery. burglary, theft of movable property, third-degree terroristic threats, endangering an injured victim, aggravated assault and criminal restraint.
On Nov. 10, Harper was in custody awaiting transport to the Essex County Correctional Facility, police said.