Courtesy Tina Gomez / THE REVIEW
Up to five female students have become victims of eggs on campus. A group of women attacked on two separate occasions shared a video of a white SUV and a black sedan with the people responsible for their attack.
Video courtesy of three anonymous students.
On December 1, the @delawarechicks Instagram account posted a post urging students to submit events around the campus, attended by a student claiming he was upset and warning other students to be vigilant be. @Delawarechicks Instagram account has decided to post the user’s message to get the word out. As soon as it was released, dozens more came forward with similar stories.
The original message was sent from three sources: Ava, Sarah, and Nicole, whose names have been completely changed for anonymity. The three students were first attacked on November 21 while walking together on East Cleveland Ave.
Several eggs were thrown at the group from a passing vehicle known as a “large truck”. One of the students, Nicole, said she hit an egg in the face and cut her face and ear.
“It hit her 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), which said they had known about several similar incidents in the area.
All three women intend to press charges, but according to Nicole, when they told the NPD of their intention, she felt a backlash from the officials and said she didn’t think they “wanted to do any work”. Nicole also said that she and her friends were asked if they knew what “urgent charges” mean.
On November 28, a week after the initial egging, the three of them had another nearly identical incident as they walked on Main Street.
Nicole and an unnamed friend were walking towards Roots Natural Kitchen while Ava and Sarah were walking towards them from across the street. As two cars drove down Main Street, passengers threw eggs at both groups of women.
The group reported that they waited on the street during this second incident and saw the cars come back and do laps to repeat their actions against other innocent parties.
“This time there were two cars that slowly drove right next to each other. And when they saw that we were recording, they rested and let the red light go on, ”said Sarah.
None of the three women were injured that day. Separately, they reported that part of the incident seemed “bizarre” to them.
“They didn’t say anything, they didn’t call us, they didn’t scream out the window, they just threw the eggs,” said Nicole.
The group contacted NPD again and learned that they would be contacted if the perpetrators were found, but they had not heard any updates until December 21.
Similar incidents occurred with several other students. The majority of the victims were women.
On November 8, senior Kyla Shaye said she was walking past the Deer Park Tavern with two of her roommates when she heard an egg beating against the concrete next to her. Neither Shaye nor her friends were injured in the incident.
At first, Shaye believed the egg had been dropped from one of the apartments in One South Main. However, Shaye said when she saw a truck drive past her, she realized it wasn’t. She also noticed behavior that was identical to that of the other three women.
“It was really weird; I didn’t hear anyone scream or anything, ”Shaye said.
Shaye and her friends did not call the police, attributing this to the fact that no one was injured and the group believed it was a coincidence.
Two other students, Tina Gomez and Victoria Pace, reported being involved in similar events – except in their cases, their cars were the victims.
On November 16, Pace turned off Lovett Ave. into Academy Street when an egg hit her car.
“I had my music on and I thought the windshield was cracked or something happened because I heard a loud bang,” Pace said.
Pace said she didn’t know exactly what had actually happened until she reached her destination. As Pace looked at the car, he saw that one egg had been thrown against her driver’s side window and another against her windshield. She also said she remembered seeing an “SUV” that appeared to her to be an “older car.” Pace described it as similar to the video sent in by the three anonymous women.
Tina Gomez’s car was hit on November 10th.
On November 10, Gomez discovered that her car’s side mirror was broken and the rear cover was missing.
Gomez’s car broke down, but not while she was driving.
Gomez’s car was also damaged, but not while she was driving. On November 10th, she left her Newark home and found that her car was destroyed. Not only was the car damaged, but its side mirror was broken and the rear mirror cover was missing.
When Gomez saw that there were students on Instagram with similar stories, she said she was very surprised.
“I feel reassured because when I called the police and made a police report, the officer was very convinced that I had wronged someone in my life,” said Gomez.
Courtesy of @delawarechicks on Instagram. / THE REVIEW
According to the three women who were teased in the street, the NPD asked them similar questions about possible “enemies”. Both Gomez and the three girls said they thought this was very unlikely.
Each of these women has found a different feel for the university campus since their incidents. The original post on @delawarechicks Instagram also brought opinions from other university students.
After @delawarechicks posted the stories of several students, she posted a message sent to them by an anonymous male student. This person commented that the women who submitted their experiences were “sensitive” and said that they “give props to the people who throw eggs”.
The Instagram account where the posts were posted commented on the male student’s comment in defense of the victims. The account owner wasn’t the only one with a say on the matter.
“It’s not that we’ve had enough to worry about rape, drugs or the like,” Pace said. “Now we can’t even walk around without being attacked in some way, in any form, or in any form.”
Lieutenant Andrew Rubin of the NPD said in an email that the recent incidents were not a common crime. Rubin also confirmed that it is unknown if any of the attacks were related. Since the attackers were not caught, it is important for students, especially women, to stay vigilant while walking around campus.
“Be aware of your surroundings. This means you need to walk while you look around, stay in well-lit areas, walk in groups, and report suspicious activity,” said Rubin.