Brookside Avenue Resident Assaulted and Robbed in Alley Next to His Home

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick police are investigating an assault and robbery that occurred Thursday, January 22, at approximately 7:45 PM on Brookside Avenue, according to a Rutgers crime alert.

According to the alert, the victim is a resident of Brookside Avenue, who was assaulted by two men in an alley adjacent to his home, located between Freeman Street and Louis Street.

"He was approached by two male perpetrators who physically assaulted him and removed an item of value," reads the crime alert.

The perpetrators fled down Brookside Avenue towards Freeman Street, according to police.

"No weapons were displayed in this incident and the victim sustained non-life threatening injuries," reads the alert.  "The descriptions of the perpetrators are limited at this time."

The crime alert was issued to the Rutgers community shortly after 10pm on January 25, more than three days after it occurred.

The alert also included details of another robbery several blocks away the following night.

"It is unknown if these incidents are related," reads the alert.

The New Brunswick Police Department asked that anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, contact their Detective Bureau at 732-745-5217. 

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Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.