NEW BRUNSWICK– A grand jury handed up a 14-count indictment today, charging a New Brunswick man and his cousin for their roles in a Jan. 31, shooting on Seaman Street near Remsen Avenue, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office announced.
The panel, sitting in New Brunswick, filed 11 counts of terroristic threats against Victor Rodriguez, 20, of New Brunswick, charging he used a replica 9mm Beretta handgun that fired blank rounds to threaten eight civilians and three police officers during the incident.
The grand jury also charged Rodriguez and his cousin, Anthony Rodriguez, 22, of New Brunswick with possession of an imitation firearm, which was allegedly used by Victor Rodriguez to lead the civilians and police officers to believe he was firing a real weapon.
In addition, Anthony Rodriguez was charged with hindering the apprehension or prosecution of Victor Rodriguez, and was charged with
obstructing police by providing false information during their investigation.
Pursuant to use of force guidelines established by the state Office of the Attorney General, the grand jury considered and found no basis to file
charges against two officers who shot and wounded Victor Rodriguez. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
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