NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick cop has been charged in connection with a fight at a popular college hang-out, authorities announced on Feb. 8.

While off duty, Anthony Jones, a New Brunswick police officer, was involved in a scuffle while inside the Golden Rail Tavern on Easton Ave., on Jan. 21, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

The bar, adjacent to the College Avenue Campus, is frequented by Rutgers students on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The Spring 2018 Academic semester started just a week before the alleged incident.

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Having been charged with aggravated assault and riot, Jones has been suspended from the New Brunswick Police Department without pay, according to Carey.

Mayor James Cahill, in a statement, spoke out against the alleged behavior, and said that Jones and the city's police officers as a whole are “held to the highest standards.”

“The alleged behavior, while off-duty, is held to this same standard and fails to conform to the conduct we expect from our officers and in no way represents the core values of the men and women who serve our community each day with the New Brunswick Police Department,” Cahill said.

Jones, who joined the police force in April 2014, is paid an annual salary of $65,591, according to public records. 

Four other men were issued the same charges: James Sanders III, 22 of Piscataway, Ryan Marsi, 23 of New Brunswick, Steve Karasoulis, 24 of Edison and Bryan Williams, 22 of North Brunswick. 

TAPInto New Brunswick visited the Golden Rail for more information, but employees declined to comment.

Editor Daniel J. Munoz,