According to law enforcement, the Newark Police Department got an anonymous tip about a man illegally in possession of a weapon. Members of the Newark Violence Reduction Initiative staked out a local store near Norfolk Street and New Street and waited for the suspect. The law enforcement agency includes members of the New Jersey State Police, NJ State Parole, Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the FBI.
While conducting surveillance, Essex County detectives reportedly observed the 26-year-old suspect walking on the street and removing a handgun from his waistband.
When officers moved toward the suspect, he reportedly threw the gun to the ground and began to flee the scene on foot.
Police officers ran after the suspect and quickly caught up to him. Police placed the suspect under arrest without further incident.
Additionally, police officers allegedly recovered the weapon, a loaded a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun.
The suspect, who lives in Newark, has been charged with illegal possession of a handgun.
If the suspect is eventually convicted of the very serious weapons offense charge, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b), unlawful possession of a weapon such as a handgun is a second degree felony and carries a potential sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Tip Leads to Arrest of Newark Man on Gun Charges.”