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Rutgers Police Department
Thursday April 4th, 2019 :: 03:38 p.m. EDT


Crime Alert- Off Campus

Attention Rutgers Community:

The New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a fatal aggravated assault which occurred on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at approximately 10:15 PM on George Street near Paterson Street.

In this incident the victim, who is unaffiliated with Rutgers University, was physically assaulted by two male perpetrators following a verbal altercation. No weapons were used during this incident. The victim was transported to a local hospital for serious bodily injury which subsequently resulted in his death.

The New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office have announced that two males are in custody and have been criminally charged in connection to this incident.

James Lyles, 32, of New Brunswick and Joshua Robinson, 28, of New Brunswick have been charged with murder and aggravated assault and are being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center.

The New Brunswick Police Department asks that anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, contact the NBPD Detective Bureau at 732-745-5217.

The Rutgers University Police Department reminds you that you can 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

The Rutgers University Police Department provides escorts to students, faculty and staff upon request. The escorts provide our community with personalized service to their vehicles, campus residence or the University's mass transit system. In order to request a security escort, contact the police communications center at 732-932-7211.

For more crime prevention information please visit the Rutgers Public Safety website at

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Chief Kenneth Cop
April 4, 2019

Rutgers Police Department
55 Commercial Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 732-932-7211

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