Bystanders Foil Apparent Abduction Attempt in Sixth Ward

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police are investigating a "suspicious incident" where a woman was nearly abducted at about 2:30am on December 5, near the intersection of Courtlandt and Duke Streets. 

According to a Rutgers crime alert issued nearly four days after the incident occured, a female who is affiliated with the university was almost pushed into a vehicle she had declined to get into.

"The victim… reported that while she was walking, a small, light colored SUV pulled up alongside of her and the occupants of the vehicle asked her for directions," reads the alert.

"The occupants then called out for her to get into the vehicle and the victim declined. The victim stated that a back seat passenger then got out and attempted to push her into the vehicle."

But it's a good thing there were other people in the area at the time, because two individuals started yelling at the perpetrators, effectively stopping the abduction, according to police.

"Two passersby then intervened by yelling at the perpetrators who then fled the area. The victim was not physically injured as a result of this incident," reads the alert.

The crime alert did not say how many occupants were in the vehicle, and only gave the description of a single occupant: "a male, average build, having dark hair and a goatee, wearing a red and black fitted hat, black Northface style jacket and light colored jeans."

The incident marks the twelfth time that Rutgers has issued a "crime alert" during this semester.  However, as we reported, the university has not kept its word to notify the public of all serious crimes in the Fifth and Sixth Wards of New Brunswick.

The New Brunswick Police Department are actively investigating the incident and asks 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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