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Rutgers Police Arrest Two For “Engaging in an Act of Prostitution” on Baldwin Street

Man and Woman From NB Face Trespassing, Lewdness, and Prostitution Charges, Woman Also Charged With a Weapons Offense
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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On August 7, a Rutgers University police officer arrested a man and a woman "on charges of lewdness, trespassing, and engaging in an act of prostitution," according to the response to a public information request.

Both of the people arrested, a 45-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man, hail from New Brunswick.  They were both released "on their own recognizance."

University officials confirmed that Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) officer Kevin Kobovitch arrested the two at approximately 2:27 am, but did not provide the location of the incident.

The RUPD's daily crime and fire safety log lists the incident as occuring somewhere on Baldwin Street.

Despite taking nearly two weeks to provide three sentences of public information about the case, Rutgers University's Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance still has not revealed where on Baldwin Street this occurred.

Baldwin Street is at least eight blocks long, running through parts of the Second and Fourth Wards of New Brunswick. Rutgers University does not own any property on Baldwin Street.

The woman was also charged with "possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose," but Rutgers did not identify what kind of weapon it was.

Under the state's Open Public Records Act (OPRA), information such as the location of the arrest and circumstances surrounding weapons is supposed to be made available within 24 hours of a request or as soon as practicable.

The two residents caught on Baldwin Street are not the first to be charged with lewdness by RUPD this summer.

As reported by the Daily Targum, RUPD charged 26-year-old city resident James Butler with those crimes on July 22 when he was allegedly found naked in a stairwell at the Easton Avenue Apartments.

On August 6, one day before the two people engaging in prostitution were arrested, RUPD also arrested another person for "Doing Lewd/Offensive Act," according to the crime log.

New Brunswick Today has filed additional OPRA requests to obtain more information about the recent incidents.