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Newark "Egg Attacks": Up to five female college students have been victims of campus egg assailants.

Courtesy of Tina Gomez / THE REVIEW
"Egg Attacks" in Newark: Up to five college students have been victims of egg raiders on campus. The photo above shows Tina Gomez's car after it was wrecked on November 10

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Up to five college students have been victims of egg assailants on campus. A group of women, who were incited on two different occasions, shared a video of a white truck and a black sedan loading those responsible for their attack


Video courtesy of three anonymous students.

On December 1, the @delawarechicks Instagram account made a post asking students to submit events to take place on campus, which was approached by a student , claiming to have been prompted and warning other students to be vigilant. The Instagram account @delawarechicks decided to publish the user's message to spread the word. Once it was published, dozens more submitted similar stories.

The original message was sent by three sources: Ava, Sarah and Nicole, whose names have been completely altered to maintain anonymity. The three students were attacked for the first time on November 21 while walking together on East Cleveland Ave.

Several eggs were thrown at the group from a vehicle described as a "large truck" passing by. One of the students, Nicole, said that an egg hit her in the face and left cuts on her face and ear.

"It hit them so hard I thought it hit the concrete," said Ava, a witness to the event.

The three women reported the incident to the Newark Police Department (NPD), who said they were already aware of several similar incidents in the area.

The three women intend to press charges, but according to Nicole, when they told NPD of their intention, she felt a rejection from the officers, saying she did not think they "wanted to do any work." In addition, Nicole said that she and her friends were asked if they knew what "press charges" meant.

On November 28, a week after the initial "incitement," an almost identical incident happened to the three of them as they walked down Main Street.

Nicole and an anonymous friend were walking towards Roots Natural Kitchen, while Ava and Sarah were walking towards them from the other end of the street. As two cars drove down Main Street, the passengers inside threw eggs at both groups of women.

The group reported that during this second incident, they waited on the street and saw the cars return, circling to repeat their actions on other innocents.

“This time it was two cars, and they were going slowly side by side; and then when they saw we were filming, they sped up and ran the red light, "said Sarah.

That day, none of the three women was injured. Regardless, they reported that part of the incident seemed "strange" to them.

"They didn't say anything, they didn't call us, they didn't yell anything from the window, they just threw the eggs," said Nicole.

The group contacted NPD one more time and told they would be contacted when the perpetrators were found, but as of December 21, they have not heard any updates.

Similar incidents have happened to many other students. Most of the victims have been women


On November 8, Kyla Shaye, a senior, said she was walking through Deer Park Tavern with two of her roommates when she heard an egg crash against the concrete next to her. Neither Shaye nor her friends were injured during this incident


At first, Shaye believed that the egg had fallen from one of the apartments within One South Main. However, Shaye said that after noticing a truck speeding by, she realized that was not the case. She also noted identical behavior to that reported by the other three women.

“It was really weird; I didn't hear anybody yelling or anything, "Shaye said.

Shaye and her friends didn't call the police, attributing it to the fact that no one was hurt and the group believed it was a random incident.

Two other students, Tina Gómez and Victoria Pace, reported being involved in similar events, except in their cases, their cars were the victims.

On November 16, Pace was turning from Lovett Ave. to Academy Street when an egg crashed into his car.

"I had my music on and I thought the windshield broke or something happened, because I heard a loud bang," Pace said.

Pace said he was not fully aware of what had happened until he reached his destination. Looking at the car, Pace discovered that an egg was thrown at the driver's side window and another at the windshield. He also reported that he remembered seeing an "SUV" that seemed like a "car more old". Pace described that it was similar to what is seen in the video sent by the three anonymous women


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Gomez's car also received incidents, but not while he was driving. On November 10, he left his home in Newark and found his car wrecked. Not only was the car embedded, but its side mirror was broken and the rear mirror cover was missing.

When Gómez saw that there were students with similar stories on Instagram, she said she was very surprised.

"It makes me feel a little calm, because when I called the police and made a police report about it, the officer was very convinced that I had hurt someone in my life," said Gómez.

Courtesy of @delawarechicks on Instagram. / THE REVIEW
A post from the @delawarechicks story Instagram account of a student anonymous.

According to the three women who were incited on the street, NPD asked them similar questions about any "enemies" they might have. Both Gómez and the three girls said they thought this was too little likely.

Each of these women has noticed different feelings about the college campus since their incidents. The original post on @delawarechicks Instagram also elicited opinions from other college students.

After posting the stories of various students, @delawarechicks posted a message sent to them by an anonymous student. This person commented that the women who submitted their experiences were "sensitive," saying they "support people who throw eggs. "

The Instagram account that posted the story submissions made a comment about the student's comment in defense of the victims. The owner of the account was not the only one who had a say in this matter.

"It's not like we have enough to worry about with rapes or drugs or anything like that," Pace said. "Now we can't even walk without being attacked in some way, shape or form."

NPD Lt. Andrew Rubin stated in an email that the recent incidents are not a common crime. Rubin also confirmed that it is unknown if any of the attacks are related. Since the assailants have not been caught, it is pertinent that students, especially women, remain vigilant as they walk around campus.

Be aware of your surroundings. This means walking looking up and around, staying in well-lit areas, walking in groups, and reporting suspicious activity, ”Rubin said.

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