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Rutgers Police Department
Tuesday May 14th, 2019 :: 04:30 p.m. EDT


Crime Alert - Off Campus

Attention Rutgers Community:

The New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) is investigating a robbery which was reported to have occurred on Monday, May 13, 2019 at approximately 9:55 PM on Somerset Street between Harvey and Prospect Streets.

In this incident the victim, who is affiliated with Rutgers University, reported that he was approached by a male perpetrator that demanded items of value while displaying a firearm. The victim was not physically injured as a result of this incident and the perpetrator fled the area towards Harvey Street.

The perpetrator is described as a black male, mid 20s to early 30s in age, approximately 5’6” to 5’8” in height with an average build and wearing dark clothing and a purple do-rag.

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
May 14, 2019

Rutgers Police Department
55 Paul Robeson Blvd
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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

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