Newark police recently arrested two men for weapons offenses in separate incidents on city streets.
The first incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. According to authorities, members of the Newark Violence Reduction Initiative were on patrol around Vermont Avenue and 18th Avenue in Newark NJ when they spotted two suspicious men. The initiative is a law enforcement task force that includes personnel from New Jersey State Police.
As soon as the two suspects saw police, one of the men reportedly started to walk away at a brisk pace. The man, a 30-year-old who lives in Newark, allegedly adjusted a handgun in his waistband as he moved away from the police officers.
A couple of police officers got out of their patrol car, allegedly prompting the suspect to toss the gun and attempt to climb a nearby fence. A detective soon caught the man and placed him under arrest.
Police later recovered the handgun, which is reportedly a defaced 9mm that was loaded at the time of the incident.
The suspect has been charged with several crimes, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a defaced weapon, and possession of hollow-point bullets.
Since the suspect is currently in the Supervision Appearance Program, which is part of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program, he could potentially be deported if he is convicted of the felony charges.
Just two hours after arresting the first suspect, Newark police officers arrested another man. The suspect was allegedly caught while in the process of committing a burglary.
The Newark Police Department received a report of a burglary in progress in the 90s block of First Street in Newark, New Jersey. When police officers arrived at the scene, they reportedly found a man matching the burglar’s description.
As the officers approached the suspect, he allegedly removed a gun from his waistband and threw it onto a roof. Police officers captured the suspect a short time later and reportedly recovered the .25-caliber handgun.
The suspect has been charged with burglary and unlawful possession of a weapon.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Wearing Monitoring Device Among 2 Arrested in Newark.”