Newark New Jersey police recently arrested several people for weapons offenses on city streets.
According to law enforcement, police made four arrests and seized three handguns on a single night. As a result, multiple people were charged with illegal handgun possession.
Newark police made the first arrest around 9:00 p.m. Members of the Newark Violence Reduction Initiative were on patrol near Avon Avenue and Jeliff Avenue in Newark, NJ. The department includes the Newark Gang Enforcement Division, NJ State Parole, and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.
The police officers reportedly saw a cab fail to come to a stop at a stop sign. Police pulled over the taxi and saw that the 17-year-old passenger was wearing a ski mask. Police also allegedly spotted the handle of a .380-caliber gun sticking out of his coat pocket.
A short time later, officers with the Newark Gang Enforcement unit and the Newark Cease Fire unit received a tip about a 26-year-old man wanted on an outstanding warrant. The tip was provided by two bounty hunters who located the suspect on the 100 block of Brunswick Street in Newark, New Jersey.
The suspect spotted the police officers approaching and allegedly tried to flee on foot. Officers chased the suspect and quickly captured him.
While making the arrest, police officers reportedly discovered the suspect carrying a loaded 9-mm handgun. According to officials, the gun was reported stolen out of North Carolina.
The suspect was subsequently charged with multiple weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a large-capacity weapon.
Not long after that, members of the Newark Model Neighborhood Initiative arrested two more people for weapons offenses. The police officers were on patrol near 15th Avenue and South 19th Street when they saw two people fighting inside a motor vehicle. The officers walked toward the car and allegedly saw a handgun sticking out of the vehicle glove compartment.
The two occupants of the car were arrested and charged with illegal possession of an automatic handgun.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Police Seize 3 Guns in Series of Newark Arrests.”