WESTFIELD, NJ — A 15-year-old Westfield boy has been charged in the assault and robbery of another teen and, separately, car theft, according to Westfield police.
The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was first arrested Jan. 9, along with a 16-year-old boy from Newark, when the two were caught by police Newark with a stolen Dodge Charger from Westfield, police said. The boys were apprehended following a brief motor vehicle pursuit in Newark and charged with six counts of aggravated assault as well as receiving stolen property by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.
After a month-long investigation and a search warrant was executed, Detective Bruno charged the Westfield boy with second degree robbery stemming from an incident on Dec. 16, when 19-year-old resident reported that he was punched in the face and robbed of $40 cash while walking near Lawrence Avenue and Wyandotte Trail, according to police.
The Westfield boy was also charged with three counts of third degree motor vehicle theft, three counts of third degree burglary and one count of third degree theft, all related to incidents that occurred in Westfield in December and January, police said.
The charges against the defendant are mere accusations and appearances will be at Union County Family Court, police said.