NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police are investigating an early-morning assault and robbery in the city's Sixth Ward.
On May 9 at approximately 2:40am, a man affiliated with Rutgers University began conversing with another man on Delafield Street between Bristol and Courtlandt Streets.
But, soon after, the other man struck the victim, "took items of value, and then fled in an unknown direction," according to a Rutgers University crime alert issued later that day.
Though New Brunswick Police Department is leading the investigation, they did not publicize the incident. It only came to light thanks to the university's crime alerts, which were expanded to include off-campus neighborhoods in 2014.
Delafield Street is located in the heart of a neighborhood that has become increasingly populated by Rutgers students over the past two decades.
It was the same block where a wild party drew hundreds of young people and an ensuing police crackdown in 2013.
"The victim refused medical attention at the time of the incident and sustained non-life threatening injuries," according to the Rutgers alert.
"The description of the perpetrator is limited at this time."
The alert directed anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, to contact the NBPD's Detective Bureau at 732-745-5217.
The school also took the opportunity to remind students of four strategies to "reduce your chances of being a crime victim by taking reasonable precautions," including:
- Immediately reporting 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
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.