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Trenton Man Accused of Beating 92-Year-Old Woman in Ewing Home Invasion


Authorities announced the arrest of a 21-year-old Trenton man accused of beating a 92-year-old woman during a home invasion robbery earlier this week.

Police responded to the Manor Drive home Tuesday morning for a possible burglary after a neighbor noticed the open door ultimately finding the woman tied up in her basement.

Further investigations revealed that two men entered the home and ransacked it looking for items to steal sometime between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday. During the incident, the victim suffered a fractured skull and had brain bleeding after the beating. She was transported to an area hospital where she is listed in stable condition.

Last night, Joseph Blanche, of North Trenton, was arrested and charged the crime and issued warrants for his arrest on several charges, including first-degree kidnapping and robbery, and counts of aggravated assault, theft and endangering an injured victim.

Blanche is at the Mercer County Correction Center in Hopewell Township in lieu of $2 million bail.

Although no other details were provided surrounding the arrest, police did say that they are searching for a second intruder.

The investigation is ongoing.