Woodbridge resident Tyrone R. Johnson has been arrested and charged with being responsible for a violent sexual assault that took place in Linden late last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Monday.
Johnson, 33, is charged with second-degree sexual assault and second-degree aggravated assault.
The arrest is the result of an investigation that began on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, when members of the Linden Police Department were dispatched to a residence in Linden, where they encountered the victim, an adult female, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Christina Fay, who is prosecuting the case.
The victim reported that earlier in the day, she had been taken by the defendant to a secluded area on East Elizabeth Avenue, where Johnson allegedly stated that she was “going to do what he wanted,” then began pulling off her clothing – and when she pleaded for him to stop, he physically and sexually assaulted her. She was subsequently transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that included, among others, a fractured orbital bone and bruising and abrasions to her upper body.
An investigation involving members of the Linden Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit resulted in Johnson being identified as a suspect, and he was arrested without incident at his home on Friday. He was then lodged in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance and detention hearing to take place in Superior Court.
Anyone with further information about Johnson’s activities is strongly urged to contact Linden Police Department Detective Matthew Jones at 908-474-8500 or Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256; tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org. A recent photo of the defendant is being distributed along with this press release.
Convictions on second-degree criminal offenses are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.