Newark NJ police arrested two men accused of illegally possessing weapons in a car parked on a city street.
Members of the Newark Police Firearms Interdiction Team were on patrol in the West Ward of Newark around midnight when they saw a group of people standing near a Mustang convertible. The car was parked at the intersection of South 17th Street and South Orange Avenue in Newark, New Jersey.
As police walked toward the vehicle, they reportedly saw two individuals moving inside the car.
When the officers got closer to the car, they reportedly saw an open beer container in the vehicle’s center console.
Moreover, the police officers allegedly observed someone in the backseat attempt to hide an item by kicking it under a seat.
Police officers removed two people from the car. At that point, police allegedly spotted a loaded .40-caliber handgun on the floor.
The suspects, an 18-year-old man and his 17-year-old brother, were later placed under arrest.
The siblings have each been charged with weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon.
If the suspects are convicted on the most serious charges of illegal handgun possession, they face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b), unlawful possession of a weapon such as a handgun without a valid license or permit can be classified as a second degree felony.
The Newark Police Department is actively investigating the case. Anyone who has information about the suspects or the alleged gun crimes should contact the Newark Police Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS.
For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Two Brothers Charged with Weapons Offenses in Newark.”