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BERKELEY – “David Steen if you are reading this please turn yourself in.”  That is the message Township Police are sending out to a fugitive who is accused of assaulting an 87-year-old woman on Sept. 23 during a robbery at the Robert J. Miller Airpark.

  The robbery took part in the morning and the woman was struck on the head with a golf club as she was using the recreational area on the fairgrounds. Steen who was identified as the attacker took personal items from her and fled from the area.

  The victim was able to reach her car and leave the fairgrounds and sought medical attention. She sustained moderate head injuries but was able to provide police with a detailed description of Steen, his vehicle and with a State Police sketch artist able to make a composite of her attacker.

  Steen 51, of Marlton is believed to be the man who attacked the elderly woman with a golf club during the robbery.

  A follow up investigation was conducted by Township detectives who found the randomness of this violent attack and the remote location where it occurred as an obstacle at first, in solving the case.

  The detectives followed up on hundreds of leads, which included suspect interviews, data research, witness interviews, area canvasses, surveillance operations, and tip line calls.

  Evidence gathered in this case lead to the identification Steen who fit the description and who used to frequent the Miller Airpark where he would bring his small dog.

  Detectives were able to at first identify a name of the subject’s dog as well a detailed vehicle description. These clues were used to assist in identifying the suspect. Witnesses were interviewed who were familiar with Steen which lead to him being positively identified.

As a result, there is now an active warrant for his arrest. He is facing charges of first degree, aggravated assault in the 3rd degree, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the 3rd degree and unlawful possession of a weapon of the 4th degree.

  Anyone aware of Steen’s whereabouts is asked to contact your local police and not confront him. Anonymous Tips can be made by calling 732-341-1132 x611 or [email protected]

   Township Police noted the effort involved by investigators in this case. This includes lead case Detective Joseph Santoro, Detective Lieutenant Peter La Rocca, Detective Michael Riccardelli, Detective William Somers, Detective Michael O’Connor, Detective Michael Tier and Detective Shawn Bowens. This case was greatly assisted by the Berkeley Patrol Division as well as Berkeley Communications Officers, The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9, Manchester Township Detectives, New Jersey State Police and the Animal Control Officers from all over Ocean County.