UNION, NJ – An armed carjacking on High Street led Union to the arrest of three Newark men.

According to police, the carjacking was reported at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.  The caller reported the victim was hit over the head with a handgun and three Black males took his car, police said.  The caller gave a partial license plate and a description of the car, a 2018 Ford Explorer.

Two Union detectives were on Vauxhall Road and saw the carjacked SUV ahead of them in traffic.  Police say the officers were in an unmarked car that enabled them to follow the car and coordinate a response from other officers.  When marked police cars approached the SUV, the driver sped up, trying to escape the officers.  The carjacked car traveled east on Vauxhall Road with officers in pursuit.  The car entered Hillside and traveled the streets behind Hillside High School until the driver lost control and crashed into a home on Salem Avenue in Hillside. 

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Police said while the suspects did try to flee, fight with officers and resist arrest, Union police arrested all three occupants.  Officers found a fully loaded SCCY 9MM handgun with an illegal high capacity magazine in the car.  Police are currently investigating the gun ownership.

The three arrestees are 16-year old from Newark.  The following charges were approved by the Union County Prosecutors Office:

1.     Juvenile Delinquency

2.     Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Handgun)

3.     Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose

4.     Possession of a high capacity magazine

5.     Resisting Arrest

6.     Aggravated Assault on a police officer

7.     Aggravated Assault (point of a firearm at a person)

8.     Eluding

The three juveniles were sent to The Essex County Juvenile Detention Center in Newark.  Police say there were no other vehicles or suspects involved.  The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.  The car sustained heavy front end damage.