UNION, NJ – A 911 call to Union Police very early Friday morning reported an attempted armed robbery on Manor Drive.
According to police, the victim reported that he was sitting in his car on Manor Drive waiting for his son to come out of his apartment when three men came up to him. One of the men pointed a gun at him. The victim, a retired corrections officer who now works for a security company, was armed and wearing his security uniform.
When the suspects looked into the car and saw the man in a law enforcement-type uniform, they cursed and left the scene. The three men were observed running away on Manor Drive towards Irvington, according to a press release by Union Police.
Police responded to the area and began to check for possible suspects. A Union officer near the scene passed a car that had multiple occupants. One was wearing a mask on his face, according to police. The officer tried to catch up to the car to stop it, but the driver increased speed and entered the Garden State Parkway South and exited onto Vauxhall Road. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a guard rail on Vauxhall Road. The officer used his radio car to block the doors to prevent the occupants from exiting the car.
Police determined that the vehicle used by the suspects was a rental car. According to police, officers found a black handgun (revolver) and face masks inside the car. The gun had the serial number filed off. The four occupants were arrested and charged as follows:
- Shaylah Cooper, 26, from Irvington. Cooper was the driver of the car and was charged with eluding the police, resisting arrest, and possession of the handgun. She was also charged with aggravated assault as one of the suspects was injured in the crash.
- Shakil Barr, 24, from Irvington. Barr was charged with possession of the handgun and resisting arrest.
- Kamal Nath-Love, 22, of Newark. Nath-Love was charged with possession of the handgun, resisting arrest, and certain persons not to possess firearms.
- Nadif Tucker, 19, of Irvington. Tucker was charged with possession of the handgun and resisting arrest. He was also found to have warrants and was wanted by the East Orange Police Department. Tucker was injured when the car crashed, with a complaint of head pain and a subsequent seizure. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for examination and later released to police custody.
All of those arrested were taken to the Union Police Department where they will be held until being sent to the Union County Jail. Nothing was taken from the 55-year-old victim, who resides in Irvington.
Anyone who has additional information should contact the Union Police Department Detective Bureau at 908-851-5030 or Detective Lagoa at ALagoa@Uniontownship.com.