Nj.com reported this week that on March 15, a man, who is unaffiliated with Rutgers University, was assaulted and robbed while walking on High Street between Somerset and Hamilton at 5:24 a.m. According to the his statement to New Brunswick Police, the victim was approached by a male suspect who made a verbal threat and demanded personal property. After taking the property, the suspect struck the victim in the face and fled on foot. The description of the alleged robber is limited.
The Rutgers University Police Department reminds Rutgers students and New Brunswick and Piscataway residents alike to be aware of surroundings while travelling in New Brunswick by remaining alert, walking in groups, and reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Robbery is serious crime that combines the elements of a theft crime with the elements of an assault crime. In order to be convicted of robbery in the State of New Jersey a person must, in the course of committing a theft:
(1) Inflict bodily injury or uses force upon another; or
(2) Threaten another with or purposely puts him in fear of immediate bodily injury; or
(3) Commit or threaten immediately to commit any crime of the first or second degree.
In this case, the assailant, if caught, will be charged with a Second Degree robbery because he used force on the victim and there was probably no intent to kill or cause serious bodily harm. However, if a robbery is committed with intent to kill or cause serious bodily injury, then it will be adjudicated as a crime of the First Degree and punishable by 10-20 years in state prison. However, a Second Degree Robbery charges is a very serious matter as it exposes a Defendant to 5-10 years in state prison.