WESTFIELD, NJ — Two teens were arrested in connection with an attempted carjacking at the Westfield train station early Wednesday morning, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman announced today.
A boy, age 15, of the Bronx, N.Y., was arrested for aggravated assault, carjacking, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, credit card theft and receiving stolen property.
A second boy, age 17, of the Bronx, N.Y., was also arrested and charged with hindering apprehension.
The arrests took place at approximately 1:30 a.m., shortly after a resident of Fanwood reported that he was the victim of assault and carjacking while at the South Avenue side of the train station.
The victim said that he had given a ride to two black males to the Westfield train station from Cumberland Street in Westfield and that upon arriving at the train station one of them sprayed him in the face with chemical mace. When the suspects attempted to remove him from the car, the victim began repeatedly honking the vehicle’s horn, which caught the attention of a police officer nearby, according to Captain Scott Rodger. Meanwhile, the suspects fled on foot.
Westfield police officers immediately began searching the area and the suspects were located and arrested in the 500 block of East North Ave., according to Westfield police. Both juveniles were transferred to Union County Juvenile Detention.
Chief Wayman commended the diligence and fast action of the officers of the Westfield Police Department.