Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Lakewood Rapist Caught?

Lakewood man being held in sex assault of woman
Asbury Park Press
July 19, 2006

TOMS RIVER — Ocean County authorities today announced the arrest of a Lakewood man in connection with the May 7 abduction and sexual assault of a woman in Lakewood.

Brandon J. Fritz, 21, of Lakewood, is charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and kidnapping. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, authorities said.

The victim is a member of the Orthodox Jewish community.

Authorities said Fritz was arrested yesterday in Old Bridge in a separate case in which he is charged with burglary, robbery and attempted sexual assault. Authorities said some similarities between that case and the Lakewood case led them to make the arrest. They did not immediately provide further details.

Authorities said Fritz worked in landscaping and sprinkler installation for a company that may be based in Howell.


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