Fifth Robbery Reported Near New Brunswick Campus

By Michael Benavides and Rikki Breznak

The New Brunswick Police Department has been stepping up patrols in wake of five robberies that have taken place over the last five weeks near Rutgers College Ave campus.

New Brunswick Police Department and the Rutgers Police Department are working together in these investigations. There has been extra patrols, officers and resources in uniformed and plainclothes near the College Ave campus. Neighborhood patrols were expanded in college neighborhoods last spring and are continuing today.

Along with extra patrols, an email was sent out to the Rutgers community to ensure students that both police departments have been working together to increase their patrols. The email also included that a juvenile suspect has been arrested.

New Brunswick Police Director Anthony Caputo said that the two separate robberies that occurred on Saturday Nov. 1 are still being investigated.

“The New Brunswick Police Department is actively investigating the recent robberies and are working to determine whether they are related,” Caputo said. “Presently, we urge all residents to keep their safety in mind and remain alert and aware of their surroundings at all times.”

  • Nov. 1: Sicard and Richardson Street

According to the Rutgers University Police Department, the victim walked towards the four males on Richardson Street in order to attempt to complete a drug sale.

After failing to complete the drug transaction, the victim then walked towards Sicard Street. That is when one of the individuals pulled out a handgun and proceeded to rob the victim.

One of the men pulled a gun and two others assaulted the victim before taking his valuable items. The four then fled on foot towards College Avenue. The victim did not sustain any injuries.

The Rutgers University Police Department has provided descriptions for three of the four perpetrators. The first suspect is described as a black male, early 20’-s, short dreadlocks, wearing a blue- zip up hoodie with a red outer vest.

The second perpetrator is described as a black male, early 20’-s, dreadlock style hair, wearing a tan Carhartt jacket. The third perpetrator is described as a black male, early 20’-s, short dreadlocks, wearing a black Nike zip-up hoodie with a white “Nike” logo on left chest along with black pants. The fourth perpetrator has not been described.

  • Nov. 1: Plum Street

The victim reported being approached by three males. One of the men brandished a handgun, while another assaulted the victim. The perpetrators then removed all items of value from the victim and proceeded to run off in an unknown direction.

According to the Rutgers University Police Department, the victim received treatment at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The three perpetrators have not been identified by the Rutgers Police and New Brunswick Police Departments who are currently investigating the two separate incidents.

  • Nov. 6: Delafield and Bristol Street

At approximately 1:29 a.m., a male affiliated with Rutgers University was walking in this area when he was attacked by four males. He was knocked to the ground, assaulted, and his personal property was stolen. The assailants fled to an unknown direction.

The victim had minor injuries and was treated on the scene. There were no weapons used or displayed in this incident.


  • Nov. 9: Plum Street

An 18-year-old Franklin Park man was charged with robbery aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit robbery Sunday morning after four men assaulted the victim on Plum Street.

Myles Soni was arrested after witnesses identify him to police. The three other men remain at large. The robbery is one of four in the area since Nov. 1.

Police said the robbery occurred at 12:55 a.m. A Rutgers student was walking walking on Plum Street and was approached by four males who demanded that he turn over his personal property. The victim was assaulted and his items of value were taken from his possession. The victim is not suffering any life-threatening injuries and was treated at a hospital.

Witnesses of the robbery were able to identify Soni and he was arrested early Sunday morning. The identities and descriptions of the other three suspects are currently unknown.

  • Dec. 2: Central Avenue

Two men approached a third man on Central Avenue, near Prosper Street at about 7:10 a.m. They struck him in the face and robbed him. Both attackers fled toward Dix Street. No weapons were used and the victim sustained a minor injury.