Monday, October 17, 2016


A 13-year-old Newark resident who was arrested Friday in that city on a stolen vehicle charge was again taken into custody Sunday in Maplewood on an alleged carjacking complaint.

Newark Police issued a press statement late Sunday that said Maplewood Police had arrested the juvenile at 10:30 a.m. for allegedly carjacking a BMW. It added that the youngster was found in Newark in the vehicle Sunday, but offered no further details on where the crime occurred in Maplewood.

Maplewood Police have yet to provide any information on the incident.

See the Newark Police Sunday press release below:


A 13-year-old Newark resident who Newark Police arrested on Friday and was ordered to release to the custody of a relative was arrested again today by Maplewood Police for receiving stolen property.  Newark police also charged the suspect for a carjacking he committed in Newark on Friday announced Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose. 

Around 10:30 this morning, a BMW was carjacked in Maplewood.  Maplewood police located the BMW on 19th Street where they observed two suspects near the BMW holding an item taken from the victim during the carjacking. 

Maplewood police arrested the two males, both Newark residents, 22-year-old Justyn Knight and a 13-year-old who was identified as the same 13-year-old that Newark Police arrested on Friday for receiving a stolen property.  After processing the duo, both suspects were turned over to Newark Police. 

The teenager was wanted for an outstanding Newark carjacking warrant and Knight for an outstanding court violation warrant. 

Newark Police charged the teenager with Carjacking, Possession of a weapon and Possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in connection with Friday's Northward carjacking. 

On Friday after his arrest, the courts ordered his release, although the teenager was being investigated for his involvement in carjackings in Orange, Maplewood and a Friday morning carjacking in Newark’s Northward. On Friday, at the time of his arrest, the teenager had three key fobs which matched the makes of three vehicle taken during carjackings or attempted carjacking hours before his capture. 

On Friday, through a meticulous and intense investigation, detectives developed sufficient evidence to implicate the teen as a suspect in the Northward carjacking and determined one of the fobs belong to the vehicle. Newark Police were actively seeking the teen when he was arrested by Maplewood police today. 

Director Ambrose commends the Newark and Maplewood Police Officers for their tireless efforts at making our cities safer, however it is disheartening to our officers and their victims that individuals are allowed to go free where they can continue to pose a threat to our society.  

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