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Newark Shoplifting Incident Results in Suspect Punching Employee in the Jaw

By rlsmetro on

Police in Newark are reporting that an arrest warrant has been issued for Mr. Jeffrey R. Hester, a 55-year-old homeless man, who assaulted a gas station employee on March 22. 

Police responded to a report about the assault, which occurred around 5:40 a.m. at the Shell Gas Station, located in the 900 block of South Orange Avenue.

The suspect walked into the gas station’s convenience store, grabbed some snacks, a beverage and began to leave without paying.  

When the employee attempted to stop him from shoplifting, the suspect became irate, then punched the victim in the mouth and broke his jaw.  

Director O’Hara urges anyone with information on Hester's whereabouts to call the Police 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.