According to authorities, the 23-year-old victim was walking near Bergen Street and Lehigh Avenue in the morning when the 22-year-old suspect approached him. The suspect allegedly demanded that the victim hand over his belongings. When the victim refused to do so, the suspect reportedly fired a handgun several times.
Police later said that the victim was struck in the forehead by a bullet. Remarkably, the victim was reportedly able to get away from the suspect and flee the scene. Unfortunately, the victim was apparently struck by a motor vehicle while attempting to escape the robbery attempt.
Newark police officers who had been stationed nearby heard the initial gunshots and soon found the suspect chasing after and allegedly attacking the victim.
When the suspect noticed the officers, he reportedly tried to run; however, the officers quickly apprehended the suspect and placed him under arrest. He has been charged with a number of criminal offenses, including aggravated assault, robbery, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
According to police, officers later recovered the .357-caliber handgun that was allegedly used in the attack.
Meanwhile, the victim was taken to University Hospital in Newark and treated for a head wound. He has been listed in stable condition.
For more information about this incident, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Newark Man Shot, Struck by Car While Fleeing Armed Robber, Police Say.”