Police in Newark are reporting the arrest of Mr. Jasir Germant, 19, of Newark, and Mr. Jason A. Hunter, 19, of Hillside, for weapon possession, and Mr. Raquil Hayes, 19, of Newark, for possession of prohibited ammunition, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
“I commend our officers for their commitment to removing illegal guns from our neighborhoods,” Interim Director Malave said.
“Their hard work has resulted in a 33 percent increase in recovered firearms this year over the same period in 2021.”
Police said at approximately 11:30 p.m., police patrolling the area of Rose Street observed a vehicle traveling at a high speed on Brenner Street before turning onto 18thAvenue and then onto Winans Avenue.
The vehicle stopped in the area of Winans Avenue near Kipp Street, where Hayes was observed exiting the vehicle with a gun.
Upon becoming aware of police presence, officials said Hayes ran into a residence in the area. He was arrested upon exiting the residence and faces charges of obstruction of the administration of the law and possession of a prohibited weapon (hollow point ammunition).
Germant, the vehicle’s backseat passenger, was found in possession of a loaded .9mm handgun that was reported stolen out of Allentown, PA. He was arrested without incident and faces charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of prohibited weapons (large capacity magazine), and receiving stolen property.
The vehicle’s driver, Hunter, was found in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun that had been reported stolen out of Edison, NJ.
He is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of prohibited weapons (hollow point ammunition), and receiving stolen property.
“Every illegal handgun that our police officers recover equals at least one fewer victim of senseless violence,” Interim Public Safety Director Malave said.
“I’m pleased to report that our officers have recovered over 410 illegal firearms so far this year. Further, our ghost gun recoveries are up 143 percent this year versus last year, and our arrests for illegal firearm possession are up 43 percent so far in 2022, as compared to the same period a year ago,” he added.
These charges are merely accusations. Each suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law