ICYMI: Rutgers students arrested for stabbing, assault, death by auto


Spring 2016 Semester Recap


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February 2016 | Two students were arrested after stabbing and later attacking a patron at Old Bay restaurant in February.


Two Rutgers graduate students were arrested during a fight outside of Old Bay Restaurant on Feb. 5.

Michael Young, 24, of Paramus, was charged with attempted murder and weapon offenses after stabbing Pablo Mero-Cabrera, 31, of New Brunswick, several times early that morning.

The victim was stabbed in his head and neck and was listed in stable condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, according to a press release by the New Brunswick Police Department.

Joel Tomanelli, 23, of Hillsdale, was charged with aggravated assault after punching Annie Hodges, 24, of Spotswood, multiple times. The second victim received minor injuries.

Both suspects were apprehended at the scene, according to patch.com

“The preliminary findings suggests alcohol and drugs were involved,” according to the press release.

A Rutgers student was charged with "death by auto" and aggravated assault after killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring his mother on Jan. 16 in Highland Park.

Shang Zhen Huang, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, was arrested after his car jumped a curb where the two pedestrians were walking home from synagogue.

Huang was speeding and lost control of his car, hitting two poles, a concrete planter and the two victims, according to NJ.com.

Chaim Kraus, 6, was killed in the incident and pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. His mother, Rachel Kraus, was hospitalized and in critical condition. The driver was briefly hospitalized for minor injuries.

Huang was held by the Highland Park Police Department with bail set at $200,000.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kraus family and all of the members of the community who are grieving this terrible tragedy,” said University spokesman Greg Trevor in a statement.


This article is part of our Spring 2016 Perspectives edition. Find the full issue here.


Noa Halff is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in journalism and media studies. She is an associate news editor for The Daily Targum.


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