Robberies prompt extra patrols near Rutgers
Police from New Brunswick and Rutgers University have a closer eye on the campus and the area surrounding it following a series of robberies and assaults over the past few weeks.
Five incidents occurred on the streets in November alone, and two of them involved a weapon, according to "Crime Alert" online posts.
"We've concentrated extra patrols, officers and resources -- both uniformed and plain-clothed -- in the neighborhoods near the College Ave. campus," said Jennifer Bradshaw, public information officer for New Brunswick.
The city and university have been working together to investigate the robberies that have mostly targeted Rutgers students.
Two arrests were made so far. Myles Soni, 18, of Franklin Park was arrested for the early Sunday morning robbery and assault of a Rutgers student. On Friday, police announced the arrest of a juvenile who was allegedly in possession of property from victims in two separate robberies.
"We're hoping that more arrests can be made soon," said Kenneth Cop, Rutgers chief of police.
The department began distributing safety flyers Monday afternoon.
Cop said students, staff and residents should walk with others after dark and immediately report anything suspicious to local law enforcement.