MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The following is an announcement from Maplewood Police Department Chief Jim DuVaul concerning the attempted carjacking on Oakland Road:

The Maplewood Police Department is pleased to report an arrest has been made related to an Attempted Carjacking that occurred in our Township on Oakland Rd on April 15. Detectives quickly located video footage in the area which identified the vehicle that was used in connection to the incident. Detectives sent out a “bolo” (be on the lookout) out to all surrounding Police agencies including a photo of the suspect vehicle.

MPD Detectives working in collaboration with the Newark Police Department located the vehicle the next day. Detectives conducted surveillance of the vehicle, waited until back up arrived and conducted a stop on the vehicle without further incident. The vehicle involved was impounded and towed back to Maplewood Police Headquarters. Detectives, through the course of their investigation, were able to positively identify the actor involved in the incident. It should be noted that Detectives are attempting to locate and identify a third suspect that may have been involved in the incident.

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Detectives then reviewed the case with the Essex County Prosecutors Office who approved the following charges:

A Juvenile Suspect (age 16) of Newark was charged with Aggravated Assault 2C: 12-1B (4), Possession of a Weapon 2C: 39-5B, Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and Robbery Carjacking 2C: 15-2a(1).  The Juvenile was processed and transported to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center.  Other charges in this case are pending in this case.

I want to thank Detective Sergeant Palmerezzi and all of our Detectives for their hard work and dedication in bringing this horrifying incident to a speedy conclusion. I also want to thank the Newark Police Department who located the vehicle and coordinated with our Detectives.

Respectfully,

Chief Jim DeVaul

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