NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city resident was beaten by three armed assailants who took the victim back to his apartment and stole property and narcotics, Rutgers police said in an alert today.

They said New Brunswick police are investigating the robbery, which occurred Monday about 10:30 p.m., when the victim, who is not affiliated with the university went to a prearranged meeting on Robinson Street, where he was confronted by the three attackers, including one person known to the victim.

The three men, who had a gun and a sharp object, then took the victim back to his apartment on Harvey Street, between Hamilton and Somerset streets, police said.

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They said the assailants then went through the apartment and removed "items of value" and narcotics.

The attackers, who displayed the weapons, then fled the area, authorities said.

They said the victim declined medical attention at the scene. Officers obtained only limited descriptions of the robbers, police said.

New Brunswick police are asking that anyone with information about the robbery, or who may have been in the area at the time, to contact the Detective Bureau at (732) 745-5217.

Rutgers police issued a statement reminding people to take precautions, including

• Immediately reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
• Remaining alert and aware of the people and circumstances around you.
• Avoid isolated or dark areas.
• Walking in groups when traveling during late night hours.

Rutgers police also reminded people that officers provide escorts to students, faculty, and staff upon request. The escorts accompany people to their vehicles, campus residence, or the university mass transit system. People can request an escort by calling the police communications center at (732) 932-7211.