Three from Newark Arrested in Daytime Carjacking in Union
UNION, NJ – Armed carjacking on the High Street led Union to the arrest of three Newark men.
According to police, the carjacking was reported on Wednesday, September 23 at 5:15 p.m. The caller said the victim was hit over the head with a gun and three black men took his car, police said. The caller gave a part number plate and description of the car, a 2018 Ford Explorer.
Two Union detectives were on Vauxhall Road and saw the stolen SUV in traffic. Police say officers were in an unmarked car that allowed them to follow the car and coordinate a response from other officers. As tagged police cars approached the SUV, the driver accelerated and tried to escape the officers. The Carjacked car drove east on Vauxhall Road with officers in pursuit. The car pulled into Hillside and drove through the streets behind Hillside High School until the driver lost control and hit a house on Salem Avenue in Hillside.
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Police said while the suspects tried to flee, fight officers and oppose the arrest, Union police arrested all three inmates. Officers found a fully loaded SCCY 9MM pistol with an illegal high capacity magazine in the car. The police are currently investigating gun possession.
The three arrested are 16 years old and from Newark. The following charges have been approved by the Union County Attorney’s Office:
1. Juvenile delinquency
2. Illegal possession of a weapon (pistol)
3. Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose
4. Owning a high capacity magazine
5. Resistance to arrest
6. Intensified attack on a police officer
7. Intensified attack (point of a firearm on a person)
The three teenagers were taken to the Essex County Detention Center in Newark. Police say no other vehicles or suspects were involved. The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated on the spot. The car suffered severe damage to the front end.