An alleged Bloods gang member wanted for an armed carjacking earlier this month in Newark was arrested Tuesday night, authorities said.
Gerald "Kadafi" Gilyard, 35, of Newark, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop at Lehigh Avenue and Clinton Place around 9:45 p.m. when a license plate reader alerted Essex County Sheriff's Officer Giuseppe Forgione to a 1993 Saturn station wagon that had been reported stolen earlier this month. Gilyard, who has a tattoo on his right arm reading "Brick City Brims," was wanted on an open criminal warrant.
Gilyard is accused of pulling a female driver out of her Saturn April 10 as she was stopped at a stop sign on Renner Avenue, hitting her over the head with a blunt object and driving away in her car.
Following that incident, Gilyard, a resident of Hobson Street, was charged with carjacking, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.
He was additionally charged Tuesday night with receiving stolen property and hindering prosecution for initially providing Forgione with a fictitious name. Gilyard received a motor vehicle summonses for failure to provide a driver's license, careless driving, failure to signal a turn and driving with a suspended driver's license.
He is held at the Essex County Correctional Facility where he awaits arraignment. Bail was set by Judge Peter Vasquez at $250,000.
- Staff reports