One of two suspects identified in aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping in Port Reading

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE

A Woodbridge man has been charged in the aggravated sexual assault of an adult female and armed robbery of an adult male, which occurred on April 16 in the Port Reading section of town.

On April 27, Razzell Austin, 21, of the Avenel section of Woodbridge, was apprehended in Avenel by members of the Woodbridge Police Department, the Carteret Police Department, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, according to information provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department on April 28.

Austin was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, one count of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, two counts of first-degree armed robbery, one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of third-degree criminal restraint, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of fourth-degree endangering, one count of fourth-degree obstruction, and one count of fourth-degree resisting arrest, according to the statement.

An investigation by Officer Robert Montalvo of the Woodbridge Police Department and Detective Linda Infusino of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that on April 16 in the 9 p.m., an adult female and an adult male were allegedly approached in the area of Lee Street and Scott Place by Austin and another suspect and then held at gunpoint, according to the statement.

The investigation further determined the female victim was sexually assaulted and the personal effects of both were taken at gunpoint, officials said.

Austin is presently lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center where he was being held pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court as of press time.

Authorities are still searching for Austin’s co-defendant – a slim white or Hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes who is between 5 foot 5 inches and 5 foot 9 inches tall. This suspect is believed to have worn a gray Nike hoodie and white Nike sneakers at the time of the assault, according to the statement. 

He is pictured above.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area should contact Montalvo at 732-634-7700 or Infusino at 732-745-4340. Tips may also be submitted to www.middlesextips.com