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Carjacking in Maplewood on Sunday, Police Report

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A 64-year-old Maplewood woman was the victim of a carjacking on Oakview Avenue in broad daylight Sunday morning.

According to a statement from Maplewood police, on Sunday morning, Oct. 16, at about 10:15 a.m., "a black male in his 20s exited a white vehicle on Oakview Ave. and approached a 64-year-old resident," who was entering her vehicle.

The man grabbed the victim, threw her to the ground, and fled in her 2015 BMW X5, according to Maplewood police. 

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Officers responded to the area and were unsuccessful in their search for either the white vehicle belonging to the suspect or the stolen vehicle, stated a release from Maplewood police. The victim was transported to a hospital for evaluation.  

Several hours later, Maplewood detectives located the vehicle on 19th St. in Newark, according to the Newark Department of Public Safety. 

While in the area of the carjacked vehicle, detectives saw two males holding an iPhone that matched the description of the one taken in the robbery, stated Maplewood police. 

Both individuals were detained, the iPhone was confirmed as being taken in the carjacking earlier that day, and they were arrested. The 13-year-old, who is from Newark, was arrested for possession of the stolen phone as well as an outstanding Newark Warrant. Justyn Knight, age 22 and also of Newark, was arrested on an outstanding warrant, according to the release from Maplewood Police.

The 13-year-old teen had just been arrested on Friday, Oct. 14, on three counts of Receiving Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief, and Eluding and Resisting Arrest, and was under investigation for possible links to incidents that occured in Maplewood and in Orange last week, when he was arrested again on Sunday. He had been released to the custody of a relative on Friday, according to a release from the Newark Department of Public Safety.

The recovered vehicle was towed to Maplewood Police Headquarters for processing, and this continues to be an active investigation at this time, stated Maplewood police.

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