Morristown police are expanding patrols “out of an abundance of caution” after the arrest of an East Orange man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her apartment on Thursday.
“The safety and security of residents is our first priority,” Mayor Tim Dougherty said Saturday in a statement, commending police for arresting Brian K. Session, 47, on Friday.
“While we have every reason to believe that these crimes are isolated and that no one should be afraid, we still encourage our residents to be vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity,” said the Mayor, adding he is keeping the victim in his thoughts and prayers.
Session was charged with aggravated sexual assault, unlawful possession of a stun gun, and kidnapping, in addition to a string of Morristown apartment burglaries at 12 Ridgedale Ave. and 34 Hill St. in November and December 2017.
Patrols are being expanded in the area where the crimes occurred, according to the Mayor’s office.
The defendant, who is lodged in the Morris County Jail, allegedly surprised the victim when she returned from some early afternoon shopping.
The intruder demanded an ATM pin number for a credit card, smashed some electronics in the apartment, then attacked the woman with a Taser, bound her, and sexually assaulted her before fleeing with stolen cash and a credit card, according to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
At this point, the victim freed herself and called police. Surveillance video from the area helped detectives identify Session, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
Police were assisted by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Sherriff’s Office.
Authorities ask anyone with further information to call Morristown police at 973-538-2200, the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or Crimestoppers at 973- COP-CALL (973-267-2255).