According to authorities, the suspect was one of three people who attempted to illegally gain access to the van. The vehicle was parked on the 300 block of South 11th Street.
A witness contacted the Newark Police Department, which dispatched officers to the scene. When police officers arrived in the area, the witness reportedly showed them cell phone photographs of the suspects breaking into his car.
Newark police canvassed the area in search of the suspects and eventually located three individuals matching descriptions provided by the victim.
Two of the suspects reportedly fled the scene and managed to get away; they remain at large. The third suspect was placed under arrest.
The suspect, an 18-year-old female, allegedly admitted to Newark NJ police that she was in possession of a handgun. As a result, she has been charged with unlawful possession of a handgun. It is also possible that she will eventually face charges for criminal mischief.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the most serious charges of illegal handgun possession, she will be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b), illegal possession of a handgun is a second degree felony and carries a possible term of incarceration of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Armed Newark Woman Tried to Break into Van, Police Say.”