No Crime Alert After Man Stabbed Underneath Railroad Overpass at Suydam Street

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police are investigating a robbery and stabbing that occurred underneath the railroad overpass at Suydam Street shortly after 5pm on January 1.

The New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) first responded to the reports of a "man down" at the corner of Suydam Street and Joyce Kilmer Avenue, where a passerby spotted the fallen man bleeding and called authorities.

Police on the scene said the victim sufferred "very large wounds" from a stabbing in the lower back.

"Tell EMS to step it up. There's a lot of blood," said one of the first officers to find the man, according to police radio transmissions.

No public announcement of the crime was made, either by old-fashioned press release, or the NBPD's Nixle emergency alert system.

Even though it occurred just 1,000 feet from the Rutgers University Nursing School in downtown, the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) did not opt to issue an alert to the campus community about the crime.

Later in the evening, a police dispatcher described the suspects as "three [black] males, all wearing dark-colored jackets… juveniles, young in age."

The following morning, NJ.com's Anthony Attrino alerted the public to the crime, and said police were seeking three suspects.

The article also said that the victim was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

City officials, including the spokespersons for Mayor James Cahill and the New Brunswick Police Department did not respond to inquiries about the incident.

In July 2013, a man was stabbed to death at roughly the same location, as we reported at the time.

 

Charlie is a community organizer, a Rutgers journalism graduate, and a 2018 independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick.

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