UPDATE: Charges were dropped against both men after video evidence revealed they were not appropriate.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A 31-year-old city man is in stable condition after being stabbed multiple times by a Rutgers University student in a fight outside of a downtown bar, according to city police.
In the same incident, which occurred shortly after last call, a 24-year-old woman from Spotswood was also injured after she was punched repeatedly by two student suspects.
Officers who made the arrests were summoned at approximately 2am on February 5 to “a fight outside the Old Bay Restaurant,” according to police. The establishment is located across from the Hyatt Regency Hotel and just one block away from Johnson & Johnson’s worldwide headquarters.
A 24-year-old man from Paramus was arrested at the scene by New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) and charged with attempted murder “along with weapons offenses,” according to Captain JT Miller.
A 23-year-old man from Hillsdale was also arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
Both suspects are Rutgers University students according to the press release. Rutgers University’s Police Department (RUPD) has not yet issued a crime alert related to the incident.
This is the second time a Rutgers student has been accused of stabbing someone this school year. On October 30, 18-year-old Daniel Leandry was arrested following an incident outside a Rutgers dorm where he and two other people suffered stab wounds.
Two ambulances were dispatched to the scene, with personnel instructed to meet with police before transporting “two assault victims,” according to emergency radio transmissions. Shortly before 2:30am, another ambulance was dispatched to police headquarters, for the same reason.
The NBPD press release indicated that the female victim “received minor injuries stemming from punches she received from both suspects.”
The male victim “was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck and is listed in stable condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital,” according to the statement. “His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening at this time.”
“The cause of the altercation between the individuals is part of the ongoing investigation, however the preliminary findings suggests alcohol and drugs were involved,” reads the release.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ray Quick at (732) 745-5217.
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.