BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY (UNF NEWS) – Somerset County authorities have announced an investigation into an assault that transpired on a path behind the Blessed Sacrament Church on Washington Valley Road at approximately 9:54 a.m. in Bridgewater, New Jersey on July 9, 2023. Bridgewater Township Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a theft in progress behind the church on Washington Valley Road in Bridgewater. Police say that when they arrived, officers met with an adult female victim, a resident from Bridgewater, who reported being assaulted by a male while walking the path behind the church. Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit including detectives from the Bridgewater Police Department responded. The victim indicated that as she was walking the path behind the church, the suspect came up behind her and placed his hands over her eyes and mouth. The victim struggled with the suspect. The victim and suspect fell to the ground, at which point, the suspect took the victim’s cell phone. According to authorities, in a follow up search of the area, detectives located the victim’s cell phone. An investigation is being conducted by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bridgewater Police Department. The investigation has determined that this is an isolated incident which is limited to the area of the path behind the Blessed Sacrament Church and did not involve any services or parishioners of the church at the time of the incident.

By Kyle Mazza

I have photographed and reported on several concerts, galas, press conferences and special events since I was 8-years-old. I am the holder of a New York City Press Credential, Maryland State Press Credential and White House Press Credentials. I cover President Joe Biden, covered Former President Donald J. Trump and at other times candidates for President including then Former Vice President Joe Biden while he campaigned, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and others. I took part in overseas trips with Former President Trump as part of the White House Traveling Press. I have also covered Former President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama. I have covered events in Canada including events with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau such as the Visit of Vice President Mike Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau in Ottawa and other high-profile events such as the Open Government Partnership and the 2020 Presidential Debate with Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald J. Trump in Nashville, Tennessee and the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate with Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have covered several entertainment and red carpet events including the 2016 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC and the Z100 JingleBall Announcement Event with Daya and Charlie Puth in New York, NY in 2016. I have also covered two Miss America Pageant's and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020 in New York, NY. Other notable events that I have covered include the Democratic National Convention in 2016 and the Visit of Pope Francis to New York, NY in 2015. Follow me on Twitter @KyleMazzaWUNF and on Instagram @KyleMazzaWUNF.