LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to assisting in the investigation into the server hack at Livingston Public Schools, the Livingston Police Department also responded to reports of an armed robbery on Shrewsbury Drive, a car theft at Nero’s Grille and more during the week leading up to Thanksgiving.
Car Theft at Nero’s Grille (618 S. Livingston Avenue)
According to police, the valet at Nero’s called 911 at approximately 9:19 p.m. on Nov. 21 to report that a 2016 Maserati Ghibili he left running at the door for a customer had been stolen. The valet told police that he saw a black car pull up to the curb and that a male got out of the passenger side, ran to the Maserati, got in and drove off north on South Livingston Avenue.
A few hours later, Belleville officers observed the Maserati being parked on Watchung Avenue in their township, according to police. As Belleville officers approached the Maserati, the got into a black Infiniti and fled.
Belleville officers were involved in a short pursuit with the Infiniti before terminating the pursuit. Livingston Police are conducting further investigation into the theft.
Lyft Drive Claims to be Robbed of $7,500 at Gunpoint
Just after midnight on Nov. 24, Livingston police received a call from a Lyft driver stating that three man had robbed him at gunpoint.
The driver, a resident of Lodi, told police that he initially picked up the men at a Capital One Bank at 507 South Livingston Avenue. According to police, the vehicle was heading for Route 280 on Shrewsbury Drive when a man in the back seat placed a cold metallic object against the back of the driver’s neck. The driver believed the object was a knife blade, police said.
When the driver stopped the car, a second man in the front passenger seat then produced a semi-automatic pistol and demanded the driver’s money, according to the driver, who also claimed that he handed over about $7,500. After handing over the cash, the driver said the men exited the car and ran south on Shrewsbury Drive.
According to police, a search of the area proved negative for the suspects. The driver was operating a black Volkswagen Jetta on Shrewsbury Drive when the crime occurred. Police request anyone who may have seen the incident to contact the Livingston Police Detective Bureau.
Motor Vehicle Pursuit Ends in Arrest
On Nov. 29 at approximately 2:50 a.m., a motor vehicle pursuit ended in the arrest of a 24-year-old Newark man on charges of eluding police, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) and numerous traffic violations.
Livingston Officer Andrew Danielsen observed a white Audi traveling east on South Orange Ave. with heavily tinted windows. When the officer pulled out to get behind the car, he said the driver of the Audi accelerated to a high rate of speed. The officer pursued the Audi east on South Orange Avenue into Millburn and then into South Orange, where the pursuit was terminated.
A check of the plate on the Audi revealed the owner’s address in Orange, but officers did not find the vehicle when checked that house. According to Livingston police, officers from the Orange Police Department recognized the description of the car and provided Livingston officers with the location of a lot where it is usually parked.
Livingston and Orange Police officers were waiting at a traffic light a few blocks from the lot when the same Audi pulled up behind a Livingston police car. Sgt. John Magguilli and Officer Michael Spano attempted to stop the Audi, but the driver put the car in reverse and began backing down the street. According to police, the Audi continued in reverse for about a quarter of a mile before the driver stopped and gave up.
A small amount of marijuana was found in the car following the arrest, police said. He was charged with two counts of eluding police in addition to the CDS charge and traffic violations.
The driver, identified as Johnathon Jeantry, was sent to the Essex County Jail, and all charges were referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.