Police in Newark NJ recently arrested an alleged gang member accused of illegally possessing firearms.
According to authorities, the suspect was found in possession of a stolen machine gun and a sawed-off shotgun. Law enforcement officials with a task force arrested the suspect at a home located on West Rich Street in Irvington, New Jersey. The task force included members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals Service.
The suspect, a 20-year-old Newark man, has been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault. The assault charges stem from an unrelated incident: the suspect allegedly used a gun to fire multiple gunshots at someone outside a Newark NJ gas station on October 8, 2016.
Additionally, the suspect faces charges for receiving stolen property because the machine gun was reported stolen out of North Carolina.
It was actually the alleged shooting incident that prompted law enforcement to go to the Irvington NJ residence. Prior to that, police went to the suspect’s Newark home and allegedly discovered the illegal weapons. Prosecutors said that the shotgun was found hidden between the mattress and the box spring in the bedroom, while the machine gun was found on the floor underneath the bed.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $150K bail amount.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Alleged Bloods Gang Member Hid Machine Gun Under His Bed, Authorities Say.”