According to law enforcement, the suspects stole the truck during a violent home-invasion robbery at an apartment located on the 200 block of South Street in Newark, NJ. The suspects reportedly forced their way into the apartment and then struck the victim over the head with a handgun. The 50-year-old victim was reportedly visiting a friend at the residence when the suspects forced their way inside.
The suspects allegedly took an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects also allegedly stole the victim’s cell phone and the keys to his vehicle, a Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
After the violent robbery, the victim exited the apartment and screamed for help. Newark police officers happened to be in the area at the time and heard the victim’s shouts.
Approximately an hour after the theft incident, Newark NJ patrol officers saw the truck leaving a McDonald’s parking lot on Mulberry Street. The fast food restaurant is located only a few blocks away from the site of the alleged robbery.
When the police officers tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle, the driver allegedly ignored their commands to stop and instead fled the scene. During the subsequent car chase, the suspects reportedly tossed several items out of the truck’s windows.
The chase eventually came to a conclusion when the truck hit multiple light poles near the intersection of Raymond Boulevard and Lock Street.
After the car crash, the two suspects allegedly exited the truck and tried to flee the scene on foot. However, Newark police officer quickly apprehended the suspects.
Both suspects were transported to nearby University Hospital, where they received medical treatment for minor injuries sustained in the vehicle crash. Two Newark police officers also suffered injuries during the car chase.
The driver of the truck was an 18-year-old male. He was placed under arrest and charged with armed robbery, receiving stolen property, eluding police, and resisting arrest. He was also issued numerous traffic citations.
The passenger in the truck was a 16-year-old boy. He was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.
For more information about this case, see NJ.com article entitled “Suspects in Violent Newark Robbery Caught Following Pursuit, Police Say.”