NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Somewhere on Remsen Avenue, city police were investigating a domestic violence assault involving "an edged weapon" starting at 11:50am on Sunday, August 7.
But that was about all they were willing to say about the incident, in addition to confirming that an unidentified suspect was "apprehended," and that the unidentified victim "sustained injuries that were not life-threatening."
New Brunswick Today learned that the crime took place on the block of Remsen Avenue between Welton and Redmond Streets.
Breaking from their past practice, New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) refused to disclose the identities of the perpetrator, or the exact charges filed against them.
"The suspect has been apprehended and charged with assault related offenses," confirmed NBPD Captain JT Miller, the department's spokesperson.
Miller told New Brunswick Today that the identities of the "adult victim" and the suspect would not be made public "to protect the identity of the victim."
As we reported, Miller had previously declined to name the perpetrator in a domestic violence assault at a Throop Avenue home, but as recently as December 2015, he had named domestic violence suspects in response to requests under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA).
It's part of a pattern of the NBPD being increasingly secretive about who they arrest. The department has also recently refused to name a man who they charged with stabbing a minor in an incident at 66 Comstock Street.
NBToday only learned of the recent assault investigation when multiple NBPD vehicles were observed gathered at the scene, one of them driven by a police photographer who began taking pictures at about 2:20pm.
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.