NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After alerting to the public to a creepy home invasion that saw a man find his way into a woman's Sixth Ward bedroom in the middle of the night, police announced they arrested someone in connection with the crime.
A 25-year-old man named Curtis Smith, who some news reports identified as "homeless," was arrested on May 4 and charged with burglary and harassment in connection with the May 3 incident.
"The occupant of the Stone Street residence awoke to find an unidentified male in her bedroom," at approximately 4:45 am, according to a Rutgers University crime alert issued to the campus community.
"When the occupant confronted the suspicious male, he fled out the rear door," continued the alert.
Smith has been lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center since May 4 and was not approved for pre-trial release. Smith is also required to serve 142 days of a sentence for a crime out of East Brunswick, according to the jail's records department.
The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) emphasized that the victim was affiliated with the university. Stone Street runs between College and Easton Avenues near the school's main campus, and has long been a popular place for students to rent housing.
New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD), which led the investigation, also issued a Nixle alert about the incident, encouraging residents to take precautions against late-night break-ins.
"The New Brunswick Police Department would like to remind residents to lock windows and doors, when not at home and while asleep in the residence," read their statement. "As the weather gets warmer, open windows and doors are an easy target for burglars and trespassers."
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact NBPD Detective Drew Weiss 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.