Princeton Police Blotter: Man Beaten, Robbed on Nassau Street, Rolex Reported Stolen More Than a Year After It Disappeared

princeton policeA Princeton man reported that he was beaten early Saturday morning at the intersection of Nassau Street and Evelyn Place. The man was hospitalized because of his injuries. Police were called to the University Medical Center at Princeton at Plainsboro after a staff member at the hospital reported that a man was in the emergency room who said he had been assaulted in Princeton. Officers spoke with the victim, who said he was walking on Nassau Street just before 3 a.m. when he was approached by two white males who demanded his money. When he refused, he said he was forced by the pair onto Evelyn Place, where they were met by two black males. The four assaulted the victim, then took his money. The victim reported that the four robbed him of $500. Detectives are investigating the incident.

A Pennsylvania resident was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated on Alexander Street just after midnight on Nov. 3. A Princeton University graduate students from Camp Hill, Pa. was pulled over for a driving violation when officers determined that he had consumed alcoholic beverages prior to driving. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to keep right, and failure to stop for an emergency vehicle.

A woman reported that her iPhone was stolen just before 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 while she was eating at a restaurant located on the 100 block of Nassau Street.
Her iPhone 4s, valued at $200, was stolen from a table in the restaurant while the table was unattended, she said.

An employee of the CVS on State Road contacted police just after 9 p.m. on Nov. 1 to report a shoplifting that had occurred in the store a few minutes earlier. The suspect, described as a white or Hispanic male, 5’8” in his late 20s, stole over the counter medications from the store valued at approximately $850, the employee reported.

A man contacted the Princeton Police on Nov. 1 to report that on Sept. 27 of 2012, his Rolex was stolen from a locker room at the New York Sports Club on Harrison Street. The watch was valued at more than $5,300, according to the man.

A resident of the 200 block of John Street reported that sometime between the evening of Oct. 30 and 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 31, someone painted the windshield of a vehicle with white paint. The paint was able to be washed away, with no apparent permanent damage to the vehicle, police said.

A Plainsboro resident was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated at 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. Zhiqiang Wu, 51, was pulled over on Mercer Street near Lovers Lane and police discovered that he had consumed alcoholic beverages prior to operating his vehicle. Wu was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone, reckless driving, failure to maintain lamps, failure to observe a traffic signal, and being an uninsured driver.

A resident of the 100 block of Mansgrove Road reported that upon returning home the evening of Oct. 28, the home was in disarray and several items were missing from inside. An investigation revealed that sometime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. that day, an unknown person or persons gained entry to the home through a broken window. The victim estimated that more than $1,800 worth of jewelry was taken.

A 17-year-old male and and an 18-year-old female climbed onto the roof of an unoccupied building on State Road on the afternoon of Oct. 28 and police were called to the scene by a neighboring business. Police found the two and allegedly both were in possession of marijuana. Catherine Peters of Cranbury was charged with possession of a controlled and dangerous substance (under 50 grams). The West Windsor minor who was with her was charged with possession of a controlled and dangerous substance (under 50 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A man who was suspect in a robbery at the Princeton YMCA was located by police on Wiggins Street on Oct. 28. Eder Gonzalez-Nieto of Ewing gave police a fake name and personal information when asked to identify himself. He was charged with hindering his own apprehension and with burglary and theft in the YMCA case.

A man reported to police that he was involved in a minor motor vehicle crash on Witherspoon Street near Green Street the evening of Oct. 29, and that the driver of the other vehicle fled the scene. The man reported that he then followed the other vehicle, and both cars came to a stop on Cherry Hill Road at State Road. The man reported that a verbal altercation then began. The driver of the other vehicle allegedly then ran into the victim again with her vehicle and fled the scene again. The victim suffered injury to his right foot and was treated at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro for his injuries. The vehicle that fled the scene is a black, new model Dodge Dart, and has white paint transfer on the driver’s side mirror from the original crash. The driver is a white female with medium skin tone, brown hair, a large nose and possibly a European accent. Anyone having information about the car and/or the driver should contact Officer Bill Kieffer at (609)921-2100, ext. 2158.

A Lakehurst man was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated on Quaker Road just after 4 a.m. on Oct. 30. Police responded to the scene because of reports that there was a disabled motor vehicle on the road. Police determined that the vehicle had been involved in two crashes, including a hit-and-run crash reported to police minutes earlier. Police determined that the driver, Cody Peters, 28, had consumed alcoholic beverages prior to operating his vehicle. Peters was placed under arrest, charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report a motor vehicle crash. He was later released to a relative.