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Craig Lassiter

New Jersey home invader sexually assaults two young children

New Jersey state police arrested a man on Friday accused of breaking into a home and sexually assaulting two young children.

Craig Lassiter, 33, of Middletown, New York, is accused of breaking into a Wantage Township, New Jersey home in the early morning of September 18, NBC New York reports.

Police reported Sunday that two children in the house said Lassiter threatened them with violence and told them he had a gun before sexually assaulting them. When the children later informed family members, they went to the home and found the front door left open. They immediately called 911 and told authorities the suspect might still be inside.

New Jersey state troopers responded to the call around 2:07 a.m., according to NJ.com. The troopers unsuccessfully tried to stop a Chevrolet Silverado leaving the area. The driver dodged police and hit a mailbox, then took off. Police found the truck abandoned in a field; it had been reported stolen in New York.

Police later identified Lassiter as a suspect and arrested him in Long Island.

The 33-year-old now faces charges of robbery while threatening to use a deadly weapon, trespassing, and two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault on a minor under 13 years old, among other charges, according to a report by News 12 Westchester.

Pix 11 reported that Lassiter was initially charged with eluding and receiving stolen property. The other charges weren’t filed until Wednesday.

Lassiter is currently booked into the Sussex County Jail where he is waiting a bail hearing.

[Feature Photo: New Jersey State Police]