The Quincy Apartment complex in New Brunswick, NJ, is becoming more and more problematic, according to residents and Police Chief Raymond Hayducka.
In recent weeks, the low-income community has been the scene of one shooting and the robbery of a pizza deliveryman. Residents have expressed outrage over the slow descent into crime and the fear of being victimized. Police are now keeping a watchful eye on the goings on around the complex.
“The crime rate has risen exponentially in this area. Residents are scared because they don’t want their children to get robbed or caught in the crossfire of a shooting,” said Hayducka.
In October, there were four shootings. One involved a gang member who was slightly injured and taken to the hospital. Another man walked into the local Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital after getting shot near the complex. He was treated and released a few days later.
In May, a pizza delivery man was robbed as he walked back to his vehicle. According to the victim, two men approached him. One of the men pulled a revolver and demanded his money, pizza and cell phone. The two men were last seen fleeing the area in a dark-colored SUV. They were later apprehended after the cell phone was tracked. One man is still in the Middlesex County Jail on robbery charges.
Hayducka says he credits the community with providing police with information. “These people are fed up, and I don’t blame them.”
Police will continue to have a presence in the community, said Hayducka. “We will work in conjunction with the community to make the area safer.”