Crime Alert: RUPD Investigating Criminal Sexual Contact on Crowded Rutgers Bus

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Rutgers police are investigating a "criminal sexual contact" incident that reportedly occurred on January 25 at about 5:00 PM on a Rutgers University bus traveling down George Street.

According to a university crime alert issued eight hours later, the victim is "affiliated" with the university.  The victim "reported being touched on the thigh and buttocks while standing on a crowded University bus."

Rutgers operates the largest university bus system in the United States, as a way of connecting its sprawling campues in New Brunswick and Piscataway.

According to the alert, the perpetrator exited the bus when it stopped at the corner of George Street and Commercial Avenue and then proceeded in an unknown direction.

The perpetrator is described as "a white male, approximately 20 years old, 5’4” tall, wearing a black hat, glasses, brown jacket with white fleece lined hood, jeans, and carrying an umbrella."

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

The crime alert also includes tips on how to "reduce your chances of being a crime victim" including:

  • Immediately report suspicious activity to local law enforcement;
  • Remaining alert and aware of the people and circumstances around you;
  • Avoid isolated or dark areas;
  • Walking in groups when traveling during late night hours

"The Rutgers University Police Department provides escorts to students, faculty, and staff upon request," reads the alert.  "The escorts provide our community with personalized service to their vehicles, campus residence, or the University's mass transit system."

For a security escort, the school asks students and others to contact "the police communications center" at 732-932-7211.  

 

Charlie is a community organizer, a Rutgers journalism graduate, and a 2018 independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick.

He can be reached at (732) 993-9697 or [email protected]