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Police Release Sketch of Suspect in New Jersey Home Invasion, Assault on Family

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    Police have released a sketch of one suspect in the terrifying New Jersey home invasion last week in which a family was assaulted by a gang of armed robbers. 

    A man, his wife and their two young children were sleeping in their Union City home last week when the masked gunmen broke in, woke the man up and demanded drugs and money, according to police. The robbers had apparently targeted the wrong house. 

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    A northern New Jersey man had jumped through a glass door to save his family after masked gunmen broke into his home and beat him, his wife and one of his two young children in what police say appears to be a botched drug robbery early Thursday. Checkey Beckford reports (Published Friday, Jan. 24, 2014)

    The father was punched, pistol-whipped and beaten with a crowbar in his bed before the suspects tied him up. The even talked about killing him, the victim told NBC 4 New York. 

    Some of the gunmen took his wife, 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son into another room, where they were also attacked, the man said. The man heard his wife's screams as she was punched in the face and his daughter was was hit in the head with a screwdriver.

    That’s when the man said he tossed himself through the door in an attempt to save his family. He ran to a neighbor’s house and called police.

    The suspects left before police arrived, making off with about $300 and cell phones.

    Anyone who recognizes the man in the sketch or has information about the attack is asked to call the North Bergen Police Department at (201) 392-2093.

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