4 teenagers arrested after paintball shootings in New Brunswick, NJ


NEW BRUNSWICK – Four people have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting with paintball guns near the campus of Rutgers University.

New Brunswick police received multiple reports early Monday evening from people who said they were shot with paintballs fired from a gray or silver Toyota or Nissan sedan around 6 p.m. The shots were reported on Railroad Avenue and near Feaster Park.

No one was injured and all refused to receive medical treatment.

Three young New Brunswick men – 18-year-old Angel Cruz, 18-year-old Jose Perez-Leyva, 19-year-old Pedro Vasquez-Toribio and a 17-year-old youth – were found shortly afterwards in a vehicle with a paintball gun, over 50 paintballs and several carbon dioxide cartridges used to fire the paintball gun.

The adults were charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief. The minor was charged with juvenile delinquency.

Connection to other shoots in the city

Deputy Director JT Miller said the department was investigating several similar incidents over the past few weeks to determine if they were related to Tuesday night’s arrests or part of the TikTok Orbeez challenge.

Several other communities in New Jersey have issued warnings about the Orbeez challenge.

Nutley Police Chief Thomas Strumolo said Nutley children fired battery-operated Gel Blaster pellets called “gellets” at passing vehicles. They do not cause harm but can act as a distraction to a startled driver.

Westfield Police arrested four young men from Linden on Friday night after two pedestrians were hit by pellet gun fire in the East Broad Street and Elmer Street area. They were charged with four counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Contact journalist Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

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