The following is from South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll:
The South Orange Police Department is currently investigating an incident which occurred on Wednesday February 22, 2017 at approximately 10:15 in the morning.
A Ward Place resident stated that she was on the third floor of her residence when she heard noises coming from her second floor. When the victim went to investigate further she discovered an actor being described as a black male in his 30’s approximately 5’9” to 6’0” in height, unshaven and wearing a black hooded type sweatshirt and blue jeans. The victim stated that upon discovering the actor she was assaulted physically by said actor as he struck her about her body with his fists. After the brief assault the actor fled the residence on foot. Upon police arrival it was discovered that the actor had gained entry via a rear sliding door and was preparing to remove property from that same point of entry.
The South Orange Police Department has released a composite sketch of the suspect which was completed by the Forensic Artist Unit of the New Jersey State Police. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Lieutenant Brian McGuire with the South Orange Police Department at (973) 763-3000 x.7788
Chief Kyle M. Kroll