BAYONNE, NJ - A 20-year-old Bayonne man has been arrested in connection with an alleged carjacking incident that took place in the early hours of Sunday.

According to Lt. Eric Amato, the 17 year old male victim arrived at Bayonne Police Headquarters soon after the incident reporting that Derek Richardson, whom he is said to be personally familiar with, entered his car through an unlocked passenger side door at approximately 12:48 a.m. The victim, who was searching for parking in the area of 11th Street and Broadway at the time, added that once inside the vehicle the suspect asked for money but was refused.

Richardson then allegedly told the victim that he was in possession of a gun and threatened to use it if the victim did not give him money, proceeding to “rummage through the glove compartment and center console” before demanding to be driven to Jersey City.

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The victim then said he gave the suspect his debit card hoping that would cause him to exit the vehicle. With Ricahardson still refusing to get out the suspect drove to the area of 27th Street and Avenue C before pulling over and telling the suspect that he had to secure something in the trunk. Once out of the car the victim went on foot to police headquarters.

Officers immediately responded to the area and discovered that Richardson had allegedly fled the area with the vehicle, causing an arrest warrant for him to be issued. The report concludes that at approximately 11:02 p.m. police received a call that Richardson was home and that he was willing to voluntarily surrender himself.

While the suspect was arrested without incident the vehicle, a 2008 black-colored Honda Accord, has yet to be recovered. No injuries were reported and no firearm was observed or recovered.


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