ELIZABETH - Police say a young woman was assaulted and dumped on the streets of Newark in a bizarre string of events that began with a car collision in Elizabeth early this morning.
According to police, the 21-year-old woman from Sayreville was driving when her vehicle collided with a minivan at Second Street and Pine Street at around 3:15 a.m.
Police responded to the crash, filed an accident report and offered her a ride home, but she declined and said she would walk with her boyfriend, who lives nearby.
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Shortly after, as the pair walked along on Pine Street, the minivan that was involved in the crash circled back and approached the couple.
Police say the occupants of the van demanded money for the damages, and then assaulted and robbed the woman’s boyfriend. The woman then agreed to go with the suspects in the van so she could withdraw money to cover the damages, police say.
The woman entered the minivan, which drove to several ATMs so she could make withdrawals. They tried several machines in Newark, but she was unable to withdraw any money.
That’s when police say the suspects inside the van assaulted the woman and dumped her on the streets of Newark.
The boyfriend’s uncle spoke for the family, saying the woman’s injuries were minor but left her badly shaken.
Investigators are looking for a blue 2002 Dodge Caravan with New Jersey license plate L96-CSN. Anyone with information is urged to call police.