NEWARK, NJ - A 29-year-old Newark man faces up to 25 years in prison stemming from his role in an alleged attempted carjacking during which a victim was shot in the abdomen. Tevin Browning was formally charged via videoconference Friday with several crimes including Conspiracy to Commit Carjacking, Attempted Carjacking, Discharge of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, and Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon.
A statement by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito offered a recount of the July 9 incident which occurred in the area of Tonnelle and Broadway at approximately 5:00 p.m. A subsequent investigation yielded several video recordings which appear to show Browning and an armed co-conspirator attempt to forcibly enter an Acura MDX which had pulled over to the side of Tonnelle Avenue to pick up a passenger.
As the passenger entered the Acura, Browning is said to have attempted to enter the rear right passenger side of the Acura, punching the passenger in the head. At that point, the driver quickly attempted to drive away from the area. As the driver drove away, the gunman attempted to enter the front passenger side of the Acura, holding on to the door before shooting the driver in the abdomen, before falling off allowing the driver to escape.
Moments later, a Dodge Challenger arrived at the scene and picked up the gunman before fleeing the area. Police officers found a spent .45 caliber shell casing stamped “Blazer .45 Auto” in the area where the gunman had fallen to the ground.
Just hours later members of the Jersey City Police officers found the Challenger parked and unoccupied on a residential street and then observed Browning place an unknown item in the trunk of the car before walking into a nearby residence. Browning was taken into custody moments later when he attempted to re-enter the trunk of the vehicle. A search of the Challenger produced a .45 caliber Hi-Point Model JHP semiautomatic handgun, bearing serial number 406099, which was loaded with four rounds of ammunition. Two of the rounds were stamped “Blazer .45 Auto” on the shell casing, identical to one found at the scene of the initial crime.
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