MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Police Chief Jimmy DuVaul has announced that a person has been arrested for the December 4 shooting in Maplewood, and there is no lasting danger to residents. The following is the information supplied by Chief DuVaul:
"As a follow up to the aggravated assault (shooting) that occurred on December 4, 2019 at approximately 6:16 p.m. in the area of Chancellor Ave near 45th Street. Detectives and Officers on scene were able to obtain a video of the suspect. Detectives then focused their investigation on identifying the suspect, locate possible witnesses, and to obtain a statement from the victim.
On December 6, 2019 at 6 p.m., Maplewood Detectives and Officers responded to assist Irvington Police Department in the area of Springfield Avenue and Headley Terrace with an incident in their jurisdiction. While on scene, Detectives observed an individual matching the description of the suspect involved in the shooting from two days prior. As Detectives attempted to identify the suspect, he fled on foot. The suspect was pursued by officers and taken into custody shortly after without further incident. Maplewood Detectives through the course of their investigation were able to positivity identify a suspect. Detectives have determined the parties involved knew each other and the dispute originated in Irvington.
The juvenile actor (17 years of age) was charged with Aggravated Assault 2c:12-1b(1), Possession of a Weapon 2c:39-4a(1), and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose 2c:39-4a(1). The actor was processed and transported to Essex County Juvenile Detention Center.
I want to thank and recognize the hard work of our detectives and patrol officers who worked tirelessly to bring this case to a conclusion as quickly as they could. I want to reassure our residents of their safety and that all parties involved in this incident reside in Irvington and there is no connection to Maplewood. This was not a random act of violence. Residents can expect an increased police presence to include foot patrols in the area as well."