NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) is investigating a violent robbery on the Cook campus in the Second Ward, where a man affiliated with the school was injured.

On December 10, at approximately 7:00 PM, the victim was walking "behind the greenhouses" located off of Dudley Road behind parking lot 98A when he encountered several men.

The men "demanded items of value" from the victim, according to the crime alert issued less than two hours later.

"The victim refused to comply and was struck and knocked to the ground," the alert continues. "The perpetrators then fled in an unknown direction."

According to police, the victim was hospitalized after sustaining "minor injuries."

Descriptions of the perpetrators are "limited at this time," according to the alert.  However, according to police radio transmissions, the suspects were five Hispanic males who fled in an unknown direction.

The incident marks the fourteenth crime to generate a universitywide crime alert this semester. 

RUPD is actively investigating this incident and asks that anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, to contact their Detective Bureau at 848-932-8025.

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