WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 40-year-old woman sexually assaulted a 70-year-old female ‘acquaintance’ before killing her and stealing $15 from her, according to police.
- Caroline Beckert of Old Bridge, New Jersey was arrested on Thursday for murdering Joann Cullinan after the suspect called the police, confessing to the crime.
- According to police, Beckert sexually assaulted Cullinan with an umbrella before stabbing her and beating her to death with a detached drawer.
A New Jersey woman was arrested in the horrifying murder of an elderly woman, who was sexually assaulted with an umbrella, according to prosecutors and a new police report.
Forty-year-old Caroline Beckert of Old Bridge was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated sexual assault and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in connection with the sickening attack on Joann Cullinan, the New York Post reports. The crime was executed inside Cullinan’s home in the Glenwood Apartments, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement Thursday.
The 70-year-old was found dead, lying in a pool of blood inside her apartment on Wednesday after Beckert called the police, confessing that she had killed someone. The call prompted the police to rush to the apartment complex Wednesday night, around 9:30 p.m., according to an affidavit from county Detective Erik Larsen, obtained by NJ.com.
It’s not yet determined the exact time when Cullinan was killed.
The younger woman reportedly used a knife and a hard object, the drawer, to kill Cullinan. The affidavit also says that the elderly woman was also molested. Beckert also confessed to stealing a mere $15 from the victim.
The knife, the murder weapon, as well as a bloody umbrella and clothing, have been recovered, according to the affidavit.
Beckert and Cullinan were “acquaintances,” according to the affidavit. Beckert, reportedly, was friends with Cullinan’s adult son who lived with his mother. The son was not home during the attack.
Beckert is now being held at the Middlesex County Jail and will appear at New Brunswick Superior Court on Friday.
An autopsy will be made to officially determine the victim’s cause of death.
Source: New York Post