Six teenagers who took park in a “strong-arm” carjacking were arrested Monday following a pursuit that left one officer injured, a Newark Police Department spokesman said.
The youths pulled a Jersey City woman from her 2004 Acura MDX near Team Spark Academy on Aldine Street around 12:30 pm. An hour later, police spotted the car at Rome Street and Wilson Avenue and chased it to Pearl and William streets, where it struck a building and another police car. The suspects, all aged between 14 and 17, fled on foot but were caught a short time later.
An officer in the police car struck by the fleeing carjackers was taken to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The youths have all been charged with carjacking and conspiracy. The driver, who is 16, faces additional charges of eluding, aggravated assault as well as weapons offenses related to his use of the carjacked vehicle.
"It is disturbing that once again we see another instance where our city's youth are out committing crimes in lieu of attending school or under a parent's supervision. Nevertheless, this was excellent police work by all of our officers involved,” said Police Director Samuel DeMaio. “Our officers in both the field and in our communications center worked together seamlessly and demonstrated a high level of expertise and professionalism. I commend them for their dedication that resulted in the swift apprehension of these suspects."