Carjacker Shot in Violent Confrontation with Newark Police
By Travis Tormey posted in Assault and Threat Crimes on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Monday morning, a Newark police officer shot and wounded a suspected carjacker after a stolen vehicle was spotted near Abinger Place and Sunset Avenue.
The incident began with police officers following a Subaru reported as carjacked from Oliver Street. When the officers attempted to arrest the occupants of the vehicle, the driver backed up in the direction of the officers. One of the officers, who had already exited his vehicle, fired his weapon at the moving car, striking one of the carjackers in the leg. The injured carjacker was later hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The other occupant of the stolen vehicle was arrested at the scene.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office stated that the carjackers were both 15-year-old Newark residents.
In New Jersey, carjacking is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2. According to the statute, a person is guilty of carjacking if he or she attempts to unlawfully take a motor vehicle and threatens bodily injury to a person in the vehicle. Carjacking is a first degree crime, and the penalties are severe. An adult convicted of carjacking could be sentenced to between 10 and 30 years in state prison.
For more information, see the NewarkNJPatch.com article entitled “Alleged Carjacker Shot in Confrontation with Cops.“