Newark New Jersey police recently arrested two local men who were allegedly in possession of firearms on city streets.
According to law enforcement, the Newark Police Department got a quality of life complaint at a public housing complex on Dayton Place in Newark, NJ. Detectives with the Newark Police Department Special Enforcement Bureau were on patrol in the area at the time, so they went to check on the complaint.
When the Newark cops arrived at the housing facility, they noticed several men congregating. As the police officers walked toward the group, one of the men allegedly tossed an item onto the pavement and tried to quickly leave the scene.
Police officers were able to stop the suspect after he walked a short distance. When police searched the area, they reportedly came across a handgun.
The suspect, a 41-year-old man from Newark, NJ, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.
The following day, Newark detectives were on patrol near Avon Avenue and Farley Avenue when they received a report of someone carrying a handgun. Police officers quickly found the suspect and allegedly saw him trying to adjust a gun that was concealed in his jacket.
When police officers searched the suspect, they allegedly discovered him with a handgun.
The suspect, a 30-year-old man from Newark NJ, was placed under arrested and charged with illegal possession of a handgun.
Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose later released a statement praising the arresting officers for taking decisive action to get “armed dangerous criminals” off the streets of Newark. Ambrose also said that Newark NJ detectives have already arrested 66 people for gun charges in 2016.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “2 More Gun Arrests in Newark Bring Total to 66 for the Year.”