Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reports the arrest of Jose D. Burgos, 21, Jerry Herbert, 44, and a 16-year old juvenile, all of Newark, for handgun possession in separate incidents.
According to a statement released by police, on Friday, at approximately 11:41 p.m., police responded to the area of Davenport Avenue near North 5th Street on a call of a man with a gun.
Police say officers arrived at the scene and observed a crowd of people walking with a man fitting the description of the suspect.
According to police, upon being asked by the officers to stop, Mr. Jose D. Burgos tossed a bag that he wore around his shoulder to another male who ran from the scene.
Police arrested Mr. Burgos when officers located the bag, which contained a loaded Taurus 9MM handgun according to police.
Authorities charged Burgos with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Certain Persons Prohibited from Weapon Possession and Contempt of Court.
In a separate incident, police say on Saturday, July 21st, shortly before 10:40 p.m., officers responded to Stengel Avenue near Elizabeth Avenue on a call of a man with a gun.
Responding officers observed a man fitting the description of the suspect standing next to a vehicle with the driver’s side door open according to police.
Police say they observed the man place an object on the floorboard of the driver’s side of the vehicle upon becoming aware of police presence.
Police say the female victim was sitting in the driver’s seat when the suspect pointed the gun at her then threatened her life.
Officers located a loaded .44 Magnum revolver inside the vehicle and the man, Jerry Herbert, was immediately arrested.
Herbert is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, Possession of Prohibited Ammunition (hollow point) and Certain Persons Prohibited from Weapon Possession.
According to police, on Sunday, July 22nd at approximately 1:50 a.m., police patrolling the area of Hawthorne Avenue and Hunterdon Street observed downed wires and blocked the street as a safety measure while awaiting members of PSE&G to arrive.
Poice say a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo disregarded police lights and drove through the intersection.
Officers observed the front seat passenger, a 16-year old juvenile, place what appeared to be a handgun into his waistband according to police. The juvenile was found in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver.
Police arrested then charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
These charges are merely accusations. Each suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.