Police Radio: Fourth Ward Stabbing an Ominous Start to High-Crime Holiday in Hub City

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A man was stabbed in the abdomen at 317 Seaman Street in the first of many serious crimes on Christmas Day.

"I got a call… Female saying that someone just stabbed her boyfriend," reported a dispatcher over the police radio, sending city police to the scene at about 1:10am on December 25.

Shortly thereafter police were calling for an ambulance, reporting the victim had been stabbed in the abdomen.

It is yet another crime that likely would go unpublicized if not for the public's ability to listen to police radio transmissions.

In recent years, New Brunswick Today has reported on a slew of crimes that Rutgers and New Brunswick police did not publicize, including shootings, stabbings, robberies, burglaries, and violent assaults.

In the radio transmissions, police officers described the suspect as a "short, stocky Hispanic male," but it is not immediately clear that anyone was arrested.

The crime took place near the intersection with Railroad Avenue, located just across from the Suydam Street Counseling Center, a methadone clinic that hosted a press conference for Governor Christie earlier this year.

The area has proven to be a crime hot spot, with multiple murders and several nonfatal stabbings over the past two years.

Christmas Day was no exception.  According to police radio transmissions, police also found a man chasing a group who had robbed him in the same area shortly after the stabbing.

A few hours later, police investigated an assault that took place on Suydam Street, just one block away from the stabbing.

Police did not issue a crime alert or a press release about any of the incidents, and have not yet responded to a request for public information about the incident.

As we reported, NBPD Director Anthony Caputo is planning to end the public's ability to listen to police radio transmissions.

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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 was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.