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Police: 15-year-old girl faces attempted murder and robbery charges following incidents near Brunswick Square Mall

Both of the incidents occurred near the grounds of the LEAD Fest Carnival, which was celebrating its opening weekend at the time.

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2023, 9:56 AM

Updated 394 days ago

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A 15-year-old New Brunswick girl is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder and robbery, in connection to a series of incidents that occurred near the Brunswick Square Mall last Saturday night.
Police say they received a call on May 13 indicating that people were running from the mall after hearing gunshots coming from the area near the Habit Burger along Route 18. A shell casing was found in the parking lot later that evening, according to authorities.
Not long after this incident, authorities say a parent approached police and notified them that three teens in the area were robbed of their sneakers at gunpoint.
Police say no injuries were reported in either incident.
Police say the 15-year-old female is currently being held at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center and being charged with attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and several weapons charges.
Both of the incidents occurred near the grounds of the LEAD Fest Carnival, which was celebrating its opening weekend at the time.
“Some incidents happened in and around the festival and the officers on scene handled it appropriately,” said East Brunswick Police Chief Frank LoSacco.
The final weekend of the LEAD Fest Carnival starts this Wednesday and will continue through Memorial Day. Carnival organizers and police say the event is still a safe, family friendly experience.
Police say stricter security measures have been put in place, including high tech metal detectors and an increased amount of police officers. Children under 18 will also not be allowed in unless accompanied by an adult 21 or older.
“I’m very optimistic with the changes we have in place working with our office and the lead organizers. It’s going to be a safe and happy event,” said LoSacco.


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