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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) is investigating an armed robbery, which was reported to have occurred on George Street on the Rutgers campus.
This incident was reported to have occurred at approximately 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, on the stretch of George Street that is home to the school’s “river dorms,” named for their views of the nearby Raritan River.
The armed robbery also came just over 29 hours after a gruesome stabbing injured three people one block away in Mettler Hall.
According to the RUPD crime alert, the victim is a student at Rutgers, and they reported “being approached by an unidentified male suspect who displayed a sharp object and demanded the victim’s wallet.”
The victim was not injured and the perpetrator fled the area in an unknown direction, according to police.
“The perpetrator is described as a white male, approximately 22 – 23 years-old, with blonde hair, approximately six feet two inches tall, wearing a collared grey sweater and black pants,” reads the alert, which was sent out just under two hours after the incident.
It is at least the second robbery involving a knife to be reported to police in a two-week span.
As we reported in October, the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) was investigating an armed robbery reported two weeks earlier in the area of Somerset Street and Maple Street.
During that incident, the victim told police the perpetrator approached her near Loui Pizza City on Somerset Street armed with a small knife, and demanded she hand over her purse.
The RUPD is actively investigating the George Street incident and asks that anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, contact the RUPD’s Detective Bureau at 848-932-8025.