NEWARK, NJ - Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reports that the Fugitive Apprehension Team (F.A.T.) joined forces with the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force to arrest Timothy Lester, 25, of Newark, who was listed as one of the city’s Top Most Wanted, for an aggravated assault shooting that occurred on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

At approximately 10:25 a.m., a police officer working an outside employment assignment heard a gunshot fired in the area of South 7th Street near 11th Avenue. A 31-year old man had been shot at by a male suspect who fled the scene, eluding police. No one was reported injured as a result of this incident.

Detectives developed evidence that Timothy Lester is a suspect in this shooting and a warrant for his arrest was issued. 

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Today, F.A.T. detectives along with the FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Lester without incident. He is charged with Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Possession of CDS cocaine.

F.A.T. detectives also teamed up with members of the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force to arrest Westley A. Conover, 24, of Orange, who was wanted for an aggravated assault that occurred on January 17, 2017. At approximately 4 p.m., police responded to the area of Broad and South streets on a call of an assault. A 20-year old woman had been assaulted by him. 

Detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Conover, who was apprehended without incident by NPD and the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force today. He is charged with Aggravated Assault and Criminal Mischief.

These charges are merely accusations. Each suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.