If you haven’t heard of New Brunswick, it’s a city in Middlesex County, in the state of New Jersey and it’s home to the famed Rutgers University. In 2012, New Brunswick also became synonymous with a barrage of armed robberies involving pizza delivery drivers. In 2013, Parysh Wood, a then 21-year-old, was charged with committing these crimes, most notably the robbery that occurred on November 30th, 2012. According to an article in newbrunswicktoday.com, Wood was charged with the November 30th robbery while he was already incarcerated for similar robberies throughout South Brunswick.
According to several news reports, Wood approached a pizza delivery driver, who was located in a parking lot and robbed him of his money, as well as his pizza. The reports, however, did not specify the amount of money stolen but indicated that the crime occurred around 9:30 in the evening. The New Brunswick police department was able to link Parysh to the robbery based on his cell phone records, which connected him with the crime. Due in large part to the diligent South Brunswick police department, the city can now breathe a collective sigh of relief, knowing that Parysh is off the streets.
In addition to the string of pizza delivery robberies, New Brunswick is also making headlines for a shooting that occurred at one of the city’s apartment communities, on October 7th, 2015. According to several reports, around 9:30 p.m several shots were fired inside of a New Brunswick apartment complex, located at 33 Commercial Ave and directly across from Rutgers University. One person was injured during the shooting and was transported to a nearby hospital. Information regarding the extent of the injury or their identity has not been disclosed; according to an article in newbrunswicktoday.com, the shooting is still being investigated. The police department did, however, reveal rudimentary information concerning the possible suspect; he was described as a male suspect wearing a hoodie running towards Nielsen Street, which intersects Commercial Ave.
If you’re considering visiting or moving to New Brunswick, you’re encouraged to keep your guard up; unfortunately, the city, which is also home to Rutgers University, has experienced a significant increase in crime in recent years. In fact, the crime rate in New Brunswick is 61% higher, when compared to crimes committed in other New Jersey cities, and is 1% higher than the national average. Additionally, the overall crime rate is said to be 78% higher than the national average.