EAST BRUNSWICK – Police have charged a 15-year-old New Brunswick girl with attempted murder, robbery and other charges after two events last Saturday night.
On May 13, police received a phone call from the SureStay Hotel By Best Western on Route 18 North concerning people running from Brunswick Square Mall because they heard gunshots coming from the area of Habit Burger on Highway 18 South.
At the time, the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) Fest Carnival was celebrating the opening weekend of the fair, which runs Wednesdays through Sundays through Memorial Day weekend on the grounds of the Brunswick Square Mall. No reports of negative incidents occurred at the carnival itself, said L.E.A.D. CEO Nick DeMauro said.
Initially, officers initially found no victims or evidence of a shooting, but a spent shell casing was located in theparking lot of Habit Burger later in the evening.
That same night, officers also received a report by a parent of an armed robbery in the area of Route 18 and Cindy Way. The three juveniles were walking together from Habit Burger when an individual brandished a handgun. According to police spokesperson Lt. Jason Fama, three juveniles had their sneakers stolen at gunpoint during the robbery.
The suspect, who fled from the area with the victims’ sneakers, was initially described as a male, approximately 15 years old, wearing a ski mask, police said.
There were no reported injuries that occurred in the robbery, police said.
On May 18, a 15-year-old juvenile female from New Brunswick was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, and multiple weapons offenses. The juvenile was taken to the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center.
According to Chief Frank LoSacco, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, and New Brunswick Police Department assisted in this investigation.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to call Kole at 732-390-6990 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The incident remains under investigation, and no additional information is being released at this time, Fama said.
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