According to law enforcement, the suspect was among three individuals who tried to illegally enter the vehicle. The van was reportedly parked on the 300 block of South 11th Street in Newark, NJ.
A witness dialed 911 and alerted the Newark Police Department, which dispatched officers to the area. When police officers got to the scene, the witness reportedly provided them with cell phone photos of the suspects breaking into his van.
Newark police searched the area for the suspects and eventually found three people matching descriptions provided by the witness.
Two of the suspects allegedly fled the scene and got away from police; they remain at large. The third suspect was arrested at the scene.
The suspect, an 18-year-old woman, reportedly told Newark police that she had a handgun. She was subsequently charged with illegal possession of a handgun. She might also face charges for criminal mischief, depending on the outcome of a police investigation.
If the suspect is eventually convicted on the most serious charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, she will be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b), illegal handgun possession is a second degree crime and carries a potential sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Armed Newark Woman Tried to Break into Van, Police Say.”