A Franklin Township man faces charges for sexually assaulting a Highland Park woman at gunpoint last week.

Sexual Assault suspect Brandon Cox. (Middlesex County Prosecutors Office)

Brandon Cox is charged with 16-counts in the assault on Harper Avenue February 19.

The victim was walking with a child when the 23-year old man forced her into the basement of an apartment building nearby and then began aggressively punching and sexually assaulting her.

After the assault the woman was able to break away to a neighbor's house and a Harper Avenue resident had informed police of what happened.

The victim was later transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Charges against Cox are counts of kidnapping, attempted murder, aggravated assault; aggravated sexual assault; aggravated criminal sexual contact; armed robbery; burglary; unlawful possession of a weapon; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; endangering the welfare of a child, and endangering an injured victim, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office.

The investigation into the sexual assault is on-going.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective McGraw of the Highland Park Police Department at (723) 572-3800, or Detective Bitterman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at (732) 745-4401.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Cox are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Contact Reporter Vin Ebenau at 848-221-8100 or at vin.ebenau@townsquaremedia.com

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