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Man Faces Burglary, Sexual Assault Charges in Both Aberdeen and Matawan

Police believe the Matawan resident is responsible for two early morning burglaries where a female was home alone and assaulted.

A Matawan man was charged in both Matawan and Aberdeen for allegedly breaking into two separate homes and sexually assaulting or attempting to sexually assault the female residents.

Detectives from the Matawan Police Department, Aberdeen Police Department, and the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office arrested Derrick J. Federick, 32, of Matawan at his apartment on Sept. 28 at about 5 p.m. without incident, according to Matawan Lt. Ben Smith.

Investigators say Federick is responsible for breaking into a second floor apartment in Aberdeen at about 4:45 a.m. on May 29, 2012 and attempting to assault a female resident, who was home alone at the time of the burglary.

A confrontation between the female victim and the intruder resulted in the woman stabbing him with a steak knife, causing him to flee the apartment and jump from the second floor balcony, Aberdeen Chief of Police John Powers told Patch in May.  

Investigators also believe that Federick is responsible for breaking into a Matawan residence on Aug. 18, 2012, and sexually assaulting a female resident while she slept, according to Lt. Smith.

Detectives from both Aberdeen and Matawan linked Federick to the incidents through DNA evidence which was collected at each crime scene and tested at the New Jersey State Police Laboratory.

Aberdeen Det. Sgt. Hank Chevalier charged Federick with burglary and criminal attempt of a sexual assault. Bail was set at $250,000.

Matawan Det. Joseph Lovallo and Det. Steven Sakowski charged Federick with aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint and burglary. Bail was set at $750,000.

Federick was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in lieu of a total of $1 million in bail with no 10% option.

Deanne October 02, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Go Matawan PD!!!! Put this horror show behind bars!
paul richards October 02, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Want happen in last nights issue on ravine dr
Chelsea Naso (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Hi paul richards, An update was posted this afternoon. You can see the details here: http://patch.com/A-yp6h
Nick J October 02, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Fine police work and a great joint effort with both towns.
markeith jackson October 02, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Good Job!
stepanie rotondo October 02, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Again, Good work for our PD. Pray for the abuser and for the victims. This generation is going off the deep end.

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