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Asbury Park Man Indicted For 2 Home Invasions, Sexual Assaults At Knifepoint: Prosecutor

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A 34-year-old man from Asbury Park has been indicted for two home invasion robberies that included sexual assaults at knifepoint, authorities said.

On Tuesday, a Monmouth County Grand Jury indicted Shawn Connolly of Asbury Park, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.

Connolly was indicted on two counts of first-degree armed robbery, two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third degree terroristic threats and several weapons offenses, Linskey said.

On Sept. 14 at approximately 5:27 a.m, Asbury Park police responded to a residence in the city in response to an open 9-1-1 line. Upon arrival, Asbury Park police learned that the victims suddenly awoke to Connolly allegedly in their home with a knife in his hand threatening to harm them, Linskey said.

During the course of the robbery, one of the victims allegedly was sexually assaulted by Connolly, the prosecutor said.

Police reportedly found Connolly still at the scene when they arrived and he was placed under arrest, Linskey said.

While this investigation was underway, the Asbury Park Police Department received another report from an additional victim that her home had been broken into earlier that same morning at approximately 2:30 a.m., Linskey said.

This victim reported that she awoke to a man threatening her with a knife. Connolly was identified as the suspect in this home invasion as well, the prosecutor said.

If convicted, the defendant is facing up to 20 years in state prison on each count of armed robbery as well as the aggravated sexual Assault, up to 10 years state prison on each count of burglary, up to 5 years state prison for each count of terroristic threats and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and up to 18 months state prison for each count of unlawful possession of a weapon, according to the prosecutor.

Additionally, he would be subject to parole supervision for life and would be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, Linskey said.

Connolly was being held at Monmouth County Jail

Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Zanzuccki is handling the case.

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