NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The man accused of punching and kicking a mother in her Millburn. N.J., home pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple charges – including attempted murder – and was ordered held on $750,000 bail.
The brutal attack and robbery were captured on nanny cam.
Shawn Custis, 42, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of attempted murder, robbery, burglary and child endangerment.
He was brought into court handcuffed and wearing a light blue button-down shirt, and he kept his head down as Essex County Superior Court Judge Peter Vazquez questioned him, muttering simple replies.
Custis, who smirked as sheriff’s officers later hauled him back to jail, has 12 prior criminal convictions.
On Tuesday night, CBS 2’s Don Champion confirmed a disturbing attack in Custis’ past. Court records show Custis pleaded guilty in an eerily similar case in 1991 when he was 20 years old. Custis faced robbery and aggravated assault charges in a Burlington County home burglary.
Published reports at the time said Custis broke into a house, beat a woman and then pushed her and her 18-month-old daughter down a stairwell.
In the incident on June 21, authorities said Custis broke into a home in Millburn and beat a mother of two for nearly 10 minutes before taking off with some jewelry, including the woman’s wedding ring.