Police: Man broke into home while family was sleeping

P olice arrested a South River man after he allegedly broke into an East Brunswick home and fled when confronted by the resident.

According to police, Fernando E. Gutierrez, 26, entered a home on Kendall Road shortly after 4 a.m. on April 27 by cutting open a screen and forcing open a rear window.

The resident of the home said she was awakened to hear a male voice speaking to one of her young children. The woman came out of her bedroom and found the suspect in the hallway. He immediately fled the house through the same window he used to enter.

The resident then called the police, and East Brunswick Patrolman Michael Egan responded to the residence and spoke with the victim. The woman provided a suspect description, which Egan then broadcasted over the radio to patrol units from both East Brunswick and South River, due to the location’s close proximately to the borough border.

Within a short period of time, South River Patrolman Wesley Sanches located a man fitting the description of the suspect walking along Old Bridge Turnpike in the area of Appleby Avenue.

Gutierrez was positively identified as the individual who had broken into the residence, police said. He was placed under arrest and transported to the East Brunswick Police Department.

Gutierrez was charged with burglary and criminal mischief, and was transported to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick with bail set at $25,000.