NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Two intoxicated men from Princeton were robbed and assaulted while sitting on a porch on Seaman Street in the city's Fourth Ward at approximately 3:30am on June 30, according to a police press release.
But what was not mentioned in the release was that, according to police radio transmissions, one of the victims was found at least two blocks away from the scene of the crime.
Police followed a trail of blood to the scene of the crime, the "300 block of Seaman Street," near the intersection with Railroad Avenue. It's not immediately clear which side of the Northeast Corridor railroad the orginal assault took place.
Police dispatchers and officers described it as a "bad stabbing," at first, according to the transmissions. But the official NBPD press release says it's not clear how the man was injured.
One man, 26-year-old Renee Lopez, was either struck with a blunt object or stabbed, according to the release. Officers found him over two blocks away near the intersection of French Street and Harvey Street.
Captain JT Miller issued a statement that said Lopez "received a laceration to the back of his head when he was attacked." Lopez was hospitalized at nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
"Both victims were extremely intoxicated at the time of the incident and could provide little suspect information or the events which led up to the robbery."
Another victim, identified by police as 24-year-old Raul Lopez, "was punched in the face from the attack and incurred a swollen lip."
"The suspects took Mr. Lopez’s cell phone and fled the scene," read the release. It's not immediately clear which Mr. Lopez they refer to.
The victims described the two suspects as thin African-American males, according to the release and police transmissions.
The New Brunswick Police Detective Bureau asks if anyone has additional information to contact Detective Harry Lemmerling at (732) 745-5217.
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