NEWARK, NJ — Two teenagers who went on a two-day violent crime spree in Newark have been arrested, authorities announced.
The two 17-year-olds, one from Newark and the other from the Avenel section of Woodbridge Township, were arrested by Newark police for their connection to a crime in February that included a robbery, aggravated assault, carjacking and a shooting, Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara said.
The crime spree started out on Feb. 4 when they punched a Newark resident in the face and robbed him around midnight at New York Avenue and Pacific Street, according to police.
Two weeks later on Feb. 17, the male suspects then attacked residents in three separate incidents in the span of just over an hour, police said. At 3:16 a.m., police said the duo robbed a Newark man at gunpoint, striking him with a weapon during the assault at New York Avenue and Pacific Street.
Approximately 15 minutes later, police said the duo jumped out of a black Infiniti which was reported stolen out of Kearny and punched a city resident in the face before carjacking his vehicle on Delancy Street at 3:30 a.m.
By 4:30 a.m., the pair had fired three shots from an SUV at a Newark resident, who was struck in the leg when the juveniles chased after him and his friend on Verona Avenue, according to police.
The suspects have been charged with robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
“Detectives from our Major Crimes Division did a great job apprehending and tracking down these two individuals who terrorized our residents for two days,’’ O’Hara said following the arrests. “I commend them for their dedication to the people of our city.’’
Both teens are currently in custody at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.