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Newark Teen Charged with Possession of Gun During I-78 Pursuit in Somerset County

Somerset County Newark

By: Richard L. Smith

Authorities in Somerset County reported that a 15-year-old Newark boy was taken into custody on April 12, 2023, and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Weapon/Devices, and Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance, following a stolen motor vehicle pursuit and subsequent foot pursuit.   Lupus

Prosecutor McDonald stated that on Wednesday, April 12,  at approximately 12:55 a.m., Warren Township Police Officers located a stolen motor vehicle within the township. After initiating a motor vehicle stop, the stolen vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed toward Interstate 78.  

Prosecutor McDonald said utilizing a tire deflation device deployed by Warren Township Officers, the vehicle became disabled and crashed on Interstate 78 when three individuals fled on foot.  

Following a foot pursuit, one 15-year-old male was taken into custody.  

According to Prosecutor McDonald, an extensive search was then conducted, spanning several hours, with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit, along with officers and canines from surrounding jurisdictions, yielding negative results for the other two actors.

A subsequent search of the stolen vehicle yielded a handgun with a partially loaded high-capacity magazine.

Prosecutor McDonald said it is important to note that there is no danger to the public at this time. The individuals are believed to have left the area in a stolen vehicle reported later that morning from Watchung. 

The investigation remains ongoing by authorities.

Prosecutor McDonald stated the juvenile was charged with a Juvenile Delinquency Complaint for 2nd-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (handgun), 4th-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon/Device (high-capacity magazine), and 4th-degree Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance.   Camp

The juvenile was lodged at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center pending a Family Court appearance.