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Shawn Custis, N.J. "nanny cam" attack suspect, committed similar offense 22 years ago

Millburn, N.J. nanny cam attack suspect Shawn Custis
Essex County Prosecutorâ??s Office via CBS New York
Millburn, N.J. nanny cam attack suspect Shawn Custis
Essex County Prosecutor's Office via CBS New York

(CBS/AP) NEWARK, N.J. - A man accused of attacking a New Jersey woman in her home in an assault that was recorded by a "nanny cam" was once sentenced to 10 years in prison for a similar crime.

The Star-Ledger reports that public records show Shawn Custis pleaded guilty to a 1991 case in Delran.

Authorities say he broke into a house 22 years ago and started going through a jewelry box in a bedroom, then hid in a closet when the front door opened before attacking the unsuspecting woman who lived there in front of her 18-month-old daughter.

Custis reportedly pushed the victim, who was holding her child, down one flight of stairs and then fled in the woman's car. The paper reports Custis was arrested the day after while trying to sell the stolen vehicle.

He has been convicted since then of 12 different felonies around New Jersey, according to the Star-Ledger.

Custis, now 42, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder, robbery, burglary and child endangerment in the Millburn attack on June 21.

Complete coverage of the Shawn Custis case on Crimesider