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March 31, 2016

Suspect arrested in beating, robbery of 92-year-old Ewing woman

21-year-old Joseph Blanche held at Mercer County Correctional Center on $2 million bail

Investigation Home Invasion
033116_Ewingsuspect Source/Ewing Township Police

Joseph Blanche, 21, faces multiple charges a March 29 home invasion and robbery in Ewing.

Police in Ewing Township, N.J. announced on Wednesday the arrest of a 21-year-old suspect who allegedly bound, beat and robbed a 92-year-old woman after breaking into her home earlier this week.

According to police, Joseph Blanche, of Trenton, was one of two men who invaded the victim's home overnight Monday at the residence on Manor Drive. At around 10:18 a.m., police found the elderly victim tied up and injured following an apparent assault. The suspects were nowhere to be found when officers arrived.

Blanche and his accomplice allegedly ransacked the apartment and stole the victim's vehicle, which was later recovered by police on Wednesday.

Police have charged Blanche with kidnapping, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, theft, criminal restraint, and endangering an injured victim. He is being held at the Mercer County Correctional Center on $2 million cash bail.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Ewing Township Police at 609-882-1313 ext. 7596 or the Tip Line at 609-882-7530.