Multiple Assaults Near Rutgers University, One Charged Thus Far

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Multiple assault incidents occurred near Rutgers University in New Brunswick recently, one of which led to aggravated assault and weapons charges for a Middlesex County man.

The most recent case involved a male victim who authorities described as affiliated with Rutgers. He told police he was attending a house party on Delafield Street between Courtland and Bristol streets near the Rutgers College Avenue campus at the time of the attack.

According to the victim, there was a verbal argument with multiple other men that escalated into a physical altercation at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, October 1st. The man said he fled the scene while the fight was ongoing. There were reportedly no weapons involved in the incident and police are still searching for suspects.

About two weeks prior to this assault, a 20-year-old student at Rutgers was stabbed several times with a weapon similar to a box cutter. The young man, a junior at Rutgers originally from Toms River, was attacked on Delafield Street in the immediate vicinity of the most recent incident.

Following an investigation, 20-year-old North Brunswick resident Robert Mannifield was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He is now facing serious penalties, as aggravated assault is typically considered a third degree crime under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(1) if the offense involves a weapon. A third degree aggravated assault charge is punishable by between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

In some cases in which a person attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, aggravated assault is elevated to a second degree crime. These charges are extremely serious and may result in up to 10 years in prison.

Whether or not the recent attack results in assault charges against one or more people remains to be seen. Clearly, the consequences of a conviction for aggravated assault can be extremely severe in New Jersey. As a result, it is imperative to mount an aggressive defense to avoid jail time and a felony conviction.

Rutgers Assault Defense Lawyers in New Brunswick NJ

If you have been arrested for aggravated assault or another assault crime at or in the area of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, the highly experienced criminal defense lawyers at William Proetta Criminal Law can help. Our attorneys regularly fight for Rutgers students and others in Middlesex County Superior Court and local municipal courts in Middlesex County. For a free consultation about your specific assault case, contact our offices today at (732) 659-9600 or reach out online.

For additional information pertaining to these incidents, access the following article: Man assaulted by several people at party near Rutgers University

William Proetta

With more than a decade of experience defending clients against criminal charges, founding partner William A. Proetta has successfully handled and tried thousands of cases, from DWI to murder. As a New Jersey native, he has focused his career on helping people in the area where he grew up, serving Middlesex, Ocean, Hudson, and Union counties.