LINDEN, NJ - Two 17-year-old juveniles have been arrested and charged for their role in a carjacking earlier this year, according to a press release issued by Linden Police Department.

At about 8:30 p.m. on August 5, Linden Police officers responded to the 800 block of Essex Avenue on a reported carjacking.

According to officials, the juveniles used a stolen car to follow the victim home and approached him as he parked his 2019 Audi S5. The juveniles allegedly pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim, “racked” it, and demanded the keys to the car.

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The juveniles were identified during the course of a two-month investigation by the Linden Police Detective Bureau, with assistance from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

“I am very proud of the incredible work that went on behind-the-scenes to take these violent delinquents off our streets,” said Police Chief David Hart. “Reducing violent crime is our top priority, and we remain committed to working with our community partners to keep our community safe.”

Juvenile complaints were filed against both juveniles for first-degree carjacking, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, third-degree possession of stolen property, and fourth-degree aggravated assault.

The juveniles remain in custody at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center on unrelated charges.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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