Police recently arrested two men on weapons charges during a routine traffic stop in the Newark’s South Ward.
Members of the Newark Firearms Interdiction Team were on patrol in the area of Fabyan Place and Beverly Street, near the New Jersey Institute of Technology, when they allegedly saw a car run through a red light.
According to law enforcement, the driver of the vehicle then made an illegal U-turn and changed directions on the street. Newark police officers pulled over the car and approached the vehicle.
When police moved toward the vehicle and shined a flashlight inside, they reportedly spotted a handgun lying on the floor of the car. Police later conducted a search of the vehicle and allegedly seized a loaded .45-caliber handgun.
The two suspects were placed under arrest a short time later. They have been charged with multiple weapons offenses, including illegal possession of a handgun.
The Newark NJ police director offered praise for the officers who made the arrests. He said that they had done a great job in keeping the community safe and effecting the removal of an illegal gun from the streets.
Newark investigators have asked for the public’s help with the ongoing investigation into the recent incident. Anyone with information about the suspects should contact the Newark Police Department’s Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “2 Arrested After Car Runs Red Light in Newark.”