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UPDATE (7/1): This article has been updated to include information from Captain JT Miller about the second incident: “A 42 year old Hispanic male reported that while near the intersection of Livingston Avenue and Comstock Street three African American males approached in his direction,” said Miller. “One of the males had a knife in his hand.”
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police have not announced it to the public, but they are seeking two suspects after a 20-year-old man was injured in a stabbing near the city’s border with Franklin Township.
The victim was stabbed at least twice during a rainy night at about 9:20pm on Saturday, June 27, and was followed up by a seemingly unrelated incident where a knife was held to a man’s throat about seven blocks away.
Thanks to public access to police radio transmissions, New Brunswick Today learned of both of the serious incident and confirmed the former with the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD).
NBPD officers first responded to 300 Hamilton Street, a complex known as the Hamilton Gardens Apartments, according to the transmissions.
“I got a suspect stabbed. Female is trying to hold a car from leaving the area,” said a dispatcher.
A police captain identified the victim as Alfonso Dolores-Mendoza, a 20-year-old city resident. He was transported to nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for treatment.
Dolores-Mendoza was “stabbed in the stomach and chest during an altercation in the driveway of 300 Hamilton St,” confirmed NBPD Captain JT Miller.
“The victim was familiar with his attackers,” Miller added, indicating the victim sufferred “non-life threatening injuries.”
At first, police searched for a blue Nissan or a black Honda, but then the suspects were described as “Hispanic male and a Hispanic female.”
“They ran down towards the creek. One of them is wearing a white hat,” was what one officer said over the radio.
“I just spoke to a pedestrian,” said another officer minutes later. “He said that he saw both subjects making a right on Brookside and running. It’s a male and a female. The female is wearing a white cap.”
But, days later, police were not ready to give any description to the public, and have not issued a press release seeking the public’s help in solving the crime.
“The victim described 2 attackers during the incident. This investigation continues,” said Miller. “The identity of the suspects is not being released at this time.”
About 20 minutes later, someone reported another knife incident from a Suydam Street convenience store called “K&M Mini-Mart.”
“I got a [black] male, aggravated assault suspect. Just went in the K&M Mini-Mart. Joyce Kilmer & Suydam,” said a police sergeant on the police radio. “I got a victim said he put a knife to his neck.”
But Miller said the following day that “there was no robbery at the K&M Mini Mart and no one had a knife put their throat.”
Rather, “a 42 year old Hispanic male reported that while near the intersection of Livingston Avenue and Comstock Street three African American males approached in his direction,” said Miller. “One of the males had a knife in his hand.”
According to radio transmissions, the suspect was described as a man who was not wearing a shirt the normal way, but rather was draped in a shirt, and the crime was deemed to be an aggravated assault.
“There was no threats made to the reporting male, ” said Miller, who added the person who reported the incident was out front of the Mini-Mart. “It is possible that the three males intended to commit a robbery but that would only be speculation. The caller himself was unclear as to the three men’s intent.”
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 an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick.