The suspect in the NJ “Home Invasion” video has been arrested. The man is being charged with attempted first-degree murder.
Shawn Custis, 42, was apprehended by the FBI and detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in the lobby of an apartment building on 10th Avenue less than an hour after authorities released his name and issued a warrant for his arrest, acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said.
Murray said investigators received “the biggest break” after several Newark residents who had seen the video said they recognized Custis, a career criminal who was most recently released from prison in December.
The 10:30 a.m. attack last Friday sent shock waves through the nomally quiet suburban community, and prompted calls for tougher criminal penalties for home invasions.
“It was a horrific and brutal crime and detectives and the FBI did a really good job cooperating together to bring this individual to justice,” said Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives for the prosecutor’s office.
Custis has been charged with first-degree attempted murder, due to the severity of the beating, as well as robbery, burglary and endangering the welfare of a child and was being transferred to the Essex County jail in Newark, Ambrose said. Superior Court Judge Thomas Moore set bail at $750,000.
Custis faces 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted on the attempted murder charge and three to five years for the burglary charge.