UNION, NJ – Two East Orange men accused of brandishing weapons and stealing a car outside a doughnut shop on Sunday morning face charges including armed robbery, carjacking and resisting arrest, police said.
The men, Shakeem Bryant, 21 and Joseph Kenjerry, 23, were arrested after crashing the stolen car into a parked Township of Union police vehicle, according to police.
Police were called to the scene at Dunkin Donuts at 1451 Stuyvesant Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. when a 23-year old Union resident reported that he was walking to his car in the parking lot when two males ran up to him. According to police, one man pointed a gun at the victim’s face and ordered him to the ground. The second suspect held a knife to the victim’s head. The two suspects stole the victim’s car keys, cell phone and bank card.
The suspects fled north on Stuyvesant Avenue in the victim’s 2003 Toyota Camry, which was located a short time later in Newark, stopped at the intersection of William Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard after crashing into a marked police vehicle belonging to the Township of Union.
According to Union police, Bryant, in the passenger seat, exited the vehicle and fled on foot, tossing an object as he ran. He was apprehended by a Union police officer after a short foot pursuit. The object he had tossed was recovered by police and found to be a toy gun.
The driver, Kenjerry, refused to exit the vehicle and was physically removed from the car by Union officers.
The knife used in the carjacking was recovered from the vehicle. According to Union police, both suspects were also positively identified by the victim. The suspects have been charged with armed robbery, carjacking, weapons offenses and resisting arrest.
Police said Kenjerry complained of pain after being arrested and was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. Bryant was found to be wanted by N.J. State Parole. Both suspects remain in custody.