New York

Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting 2 Kids in NJ Home Invasion

A man broke into a house and sexually assaulted two children in their bedroom, police said Sunday. 

Craig Lassiter, 33, of Middletown, New York, was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a minor less than 13 years old, burglary, tresspassing and other charges, New Jersey state police said. 

He's accused of entering a house in Wantage Township, New Jersey, on Sept. 18. The children said he threatened them with violence, told them he had a gun and sexually assaulted them, troopers said. 

The children eventually told their family, who searched the house and found the front door was left open, police said. Then someone called 911. 

Troopers tried to stop a Chevrolet Silverado that was leaving the area, but the driver swerved, hit a mailbox and drove off, police said. The pickup, which was reported stolen in New York, was then abandoned in a field. 

Detectives identified Lassiter as a suspect and arrested him Friday in Bayshore, Long Island, troopers said. 

He was in the Sussex County Jail awaiting a bail hearing. It wasn't clear whether he had an attorney. 

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