NEWARK,NJ - A 13-year-old male from Newark was arrested on Friday, Oct. 14, for receiving a stolen auto, stated Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose. The suspect is also being investigated for his possible involvement in a series of carjackings.
According to a press release from the Newark Department of Public Safety, at about 4 a.m. on Friday morning, detectives patrolling near South Orange Ave. and South 18th St. observed a white Ford Edge with temporary tags. The Edge matched the description of a stolen vehicle that was used in a possible attempted robbery in Maplewood at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.
The Special Enforcement Bureau supervisor activated his vehicle’s siren and overhead lights and attempted to stop the Edge to investigate. According to the release, "the teenager, trying to escape, reversed the SUV and crashed into a fence disabling it. The juvenile ran but was apprehended after a short foot-chase."
Three keys fobs belonging to other automobiles were found on the juvenile that matched those of vehicles that were either carjacked or had their keys taken during an attempted carjacking. The investigation is continuing with the detectives investigating the 13-year-old’s possible link to incidents in Maplewood and in Orange, stated the release.
The juvenile was charged with three counts of Receiving Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief, Eluding, and Resisting Arrest. After the paperwork was completed, the department was instructed by the courts to release the teenager to the custody of a relative, stated the release.
Ambrose stated that 13-year-olds should be asleep at 4 a.m. in preparation for school, "and not roaming our streets committing crimes. We are contacting the Newark Board of Education and the Department of Children and Families in an effort to see what more can be done to help ensure our kids avoid criminal activities and engage in activities that ensure they have prosperous futures. The officers did an excellent job of apprehending the suspect without anyone getting injured."
Anyone with information about this investigation, or any other crime, should immediately call the Newark Department of Public Safety's 24-hour toll-free Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867). All Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.