Second Escaped Prisoner Captured by Newark Police

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Police in Newark announced the arrest of Kareem Mathis, 40, of Newark, who was wanted by the New Jersey Department of Corrections as an escapee.

According to authorities, at approximately 7:15 a.m. today, members of the Newark Police Fugitive Apprehension Team (F.A.T.) responded to a residence in the area of South 19th Street and 13th Avenue to execute an arrest warrant for Kareem Mathis.

F.A.T. detectives observed Mathis throwing a bag out of the window of the residence police said.

The bag was retrieved and found to contain 80 glassine envelopes of suspected CDS (heroin).

Police said Mathis was also found in possession of a loaded .22 caliber handgun and was arrested without incident.

Mathis is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Certain Persons Prohibited from Weapon Possession, Possession of CDS (heroin), Distribution of CDS and Distribution of CDS Within 1,000-ft. of a School.

“These officers were not only effective in making our streets safer by apprehending a wanted person,” said Director Ambrose.

“They also seized an illegal gun and drugs, which damage the quality of life of our residents and community.”