MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (July 17, 2017)-- – Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Pemberton Township Police Chief David H. Jantas announced today that a man has been charged with breaking into a Pemberton Township residence and sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint. Lawrence Pippins, 26, of the first block of Scrapetown Road in Pemberton Township, was arrested last night in conjunction with the execution of a search warrant at his residence. He was charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault (First Degree), Robbery (First Degree), Burglary (Second Degree), Certain Persons Not to Have a Weapon (Second Degree), two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree), Criminal Restraint (Third Degree) and Terroristic Threats (Third Degree).
He is lodged in the Burlington County Jail pending a hearing on the State's motion to detain him, which is scheduled for Tuesday in Superior Court. The case will be prepared for presentation to a Burlington County Grand Jury by Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Eife, the supervisor of the Prosecutor’s Office Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit.
The investigation revealed that Pippins gained entry into a residence on Ursinus Court in the University Park apartments through a window at approximately 2:45 a.m. on June 15. He then sexually assaulted the victim at gunpoint and robbed her of money before leaving the residence.
Investigators began canvassing the neighborhood a few hours later and the victim’s apartment was processed for evidence by the Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Unit. The investigation yielded information that identified Pippins as a suspect and warrants were obtained for his arrest and the search of his residence.
"I want to commend the detectives from the BCPO Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit, the Crime Scene Unit, and many other detectives in our Office, as well as the assigned detectives from the Pemberton Township Police Department, for their diligent efforts in bringing this defendant to justice quickly and safely,” Prosecutor Coffina said. “This is a chilling crime that can affect the security of an entire community. We are fortunate that the excellent police work by these two agencies has taken this individual off the streets.”
The search warrant was executed by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey State Police (Technical Emergency and Mission Specialists Unit) and the Pemberton Township Police Department. Assistance was provided during the investigation by the New Jersey State Police Canine Unit.
The case was investigated by the Pemberton Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigators are Pemberton Township Police Department Detective Danielle Hann and Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Matthew Delgado.
All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.