NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—At about 1:15am on March 8, a man was reportedly robbed and assaulted with an unusual weapon, a "taser" stun gun, according to police radio transmissions.
The crime allegedly took place near the intersection of Lee Avenue and Lawrence Street,
"He was just robbed… They tased him, assaulted him, took his phone, and then ran. Lee Avenue towards downtown," said a dispatcher.
The suspects were described as three Hispanic males, "possibly juveniles," wearing dark hoodies, according to the radio transmissions, and they made off with the victim's "iPhone 5" cell phone.
New Jersey is one of the few states where it is against the law for civilians to possess stun guns. Possession of one is a fourth-degree crime in this state.
Recently, Middlesex County has been purchasing stun guns for its law enforcement officers, in an effort to limit police-involved shootings, and distributing them to the county's local police departments.
Unfortunately, the recent taser incident in the city's Second Ward was just one of several reported assaults that evening.
In this case, the victim refused medical assistance and it does not appear police apprehended any suspects in the case.
Police and City Hall officials did not immediately respond to a request for more information about the investigation.
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.