Newark police officers arrested the first suspect after allegedly observing him place a .40-caliber handgun into a trash can near the intersection of Chapel Street and Riverview Court. The officers quickly moved to detain the 22-year-old suspect, who was later charged with illegal possession of a handgun.
A short time later, members of the Newark Police Department Firearms Interdiction Team made another weapons-related arrest. The officers were investigating a shooting near 12th Street and Gould Avenue when they allegedly saw a 16-year-old place a loaded .38-caliber gun into his pocket. The officers approached the suspect, who reportedly tried to flee the scene on foot. A short chase ensued; the suspect was eventually apprehended and taken into custody.
Just a day later, Newark patrol officers allegedly saw a 14-year-old flash a silver handgun while standing in the vicinity of Renner Avenue and Bergen Street. When the officers approached the suspect, he reportedly ran up Scheerer Avenue; however, officers caught up to the suspect in the backyard of a home on Renner Avenue.
Newark police made yet another weapons-related arrest a few days later. Members of the Newark Violence Reduction Initiative pulled over a car for an alleged traffic violation near 18th Avenue and Jacob Street. During the traffic stop, an officer reportedly saw a man in the front passenger seat hand a .32-caliber handgun to another man in the backseat. Officers subsequently arrested the two suspects, who are both from Newark. The suspects have been charged with a number of weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon.
The Newark Police Department is actively investigating all of the incidents. Anyone with information about any of the suspects has been asked to call the CrimeStoppers tip line at 877-695-8477 or 877-695-4867.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Newark Police Arrest 5, Seize 4 Guns in Separate Incidents over Weekend.”