NEWARK, NJ - A Newark teenager who was arrested on Friday, Oct. 14, on three counts of Receiving Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief, Eluding and Resisting Arrest, and who was under investigation for possible links to incidents that occured in Maplewood and in Orange last week, was arrested again on Sunday, Oct. 16, and charged with carjacking.
On Friday, the boy, who is 13-years-old, was released to the custody of a relative, according to a release from the Newark Department of Public Safety.
On Sunday, the youth was arrested again. The Maplewood police arrested him for receiving stolen goods, and Newark police also charged the suspect for a carjacking he committed in Newark on Friday, announced Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose.
Around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, a BMW was carjacked in Maplewood, stated the release. The BMW was located by Maplewood police on 19th Street in Newark, where the police observed two suspects near the vehicle holding an item taken from the victim during the carjacking, stated the release.
Maplewood police arrested two Newark residents, 22-year-old Justyn Knight, and a 13-year-old who was identified as the same 13-year-old that Newark Police arrested on Friday for receiving stolen property. After processing, both suspects were turned over to Newark Police, according to the release.
The 13-year-old youth was wanted for an outstanding Newark carjacking warrant, and Knight for an outstanding court violation warrant. Newark Police charged the teenager with Carjacking, Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes in connection with Friday's carjacking in Newark's North Ward, stated the release.
On Friday, Newark detectives developed sufficient evidence to implicate the teen as a suspect in the Newark North Ward carjacking and determined one of the fobs in possession of the 13-year-old boy belong to the vehicle. Newark Police were actively seeking the teen when he was arrested by Maplewood police on Sunday, according to the release.
Ambrose commended the Newark and Maplewood police officers "for their tireless efforts at making our cities safer," adding "however, it is disheartening to our officers and their victims that individuals are allowed to go free where they can continue to pose a threat to our society."
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.