Essex County authorities said a reputed member of the Bloods street gang was arrested last night by Essex County sheriff’s officers and multiple weapons and other charges filed against him.
Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Patrol Division were performing uniformed quality of life operations on Saturday evening when they observed a vehicle that was double parked 2017 Kia Optima, occupied by four males, near the intersection of Sussex Avenue and Steuben Street.
“As our officers were running a license plate check on the Kia, the driver, later identified as Mr. Jordy Delouis, 18, of East Orange, finished a conversation with a male passerby with a recognizable Bloods handshake and pulled away from the scene,” Sheriff Fontoura said.
“Officers followed the Kia, and a licence plate check revealed that the suspect's car stolen out of Newark on August 18th. Our officers attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop by activating their lights and sirens.”
Sheriff Fontoura said the Kia sped away from his sheriff’s officers at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner causing potential harm to area pedestrians and other traffic.
“At the intersection of West Market and Humboldt streets the Kia crashed into and disabled an Audi sedan that was stopped at a red light,” Fontoura noted.
“The Kia then careened into a chain link fence at the Donald M. Payne School construction site.”
All four suspects bailed out of the car and attempted to flee on foot.
“While three of the four suspects ran, Mr. Delouis limped away as fast as he could. Police captured him and placed under arrest.
When questioned if he had been injured as a result of the crash, Mr. Delouis volunteered that someone shot him in the leg two weeks ago without any further explanation,” the sheriff added.
After securing Mr. Delouis, the officers checked on the condition of the driver of the Audi. He was uninjured and refused medical attention.
“Inside the stolen Kia and in plain view, our officers seized two, high-powered, loaded, semi-automatic handguns, a Cobra FS380, and a Kel-Tec P11. These two weapons have the capability of causing tremendous damage to the residents of our community,” Fontoura concluded.
Police charged. Mr. Delouis with two counts of the unlawful possession of a weapon and one count each of the possession of a defaced weapon, receiving stolen property and eluding police.
Police issued him a motor vehicle summonses for double parking, being an unlicensed driver, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.