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Man Wanted for Newark Car Crash That Ended in Armed Robbery

By rlsmetro on
Newark Police in Newark issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Rafael Maldonado, 34, who is being sought on a charge of robbery for an incident that occurred on Friday, November 6. Police say at approximately 7:35 p.m., a driver in the area of Route 21 and Murray Street was rear-ended by another vehicle. When the victim and his passenger exited his vehicle to inspect for damages, they were robbed at gunpoint by two men who exited the vehicle that had struck the victim’s car. The suspects removed a bag from the victim’s vehicle that contained several credit cards and cash. Detectives investigating this incident identified Rafael Maldonado as a suspect in this incident and obtained a warrant for his arrest. While police are actively searching for Maldonado, they request the public’s assistance in quickly locating him as part of this investigation. Police say he is described as 5’8” tall and 200 pounds with receding black hair and brown eyes. Director Ambrose urges anyone with information about the whereabouts of Rafael Maldonado to call the Division's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.