Newark police last week arrested suspects wanted for a number of serious crimes, including one man accused of repeatedly molesting three young girls.
On Feb. 18, members of the department’s fugitive apprehension unit arrested Casey Reaves at a Riverside Court home. The 25-year-old city man was wanted for a nonfatal shooting Jan. 7 on Grafton Avenue. Ibn Anthony of Irvngton was arrested the same day for another nonfatal shooting occurring Dec.15, 2012, at 549 South Orange Ave.
On Feb. 20, Fernando Arce, 29, of Newark, was arrested on weapons and drug charges after being picked up at a Hawthorne Lane home. Arce was charged with yet another shooting, at 960 Franklin Ave. on Jan. 17.
On Feb. 22 Newark resident Hanife McCall was taken into custody for a fourth nonfatal shooting at 712 Broadway.
That same day, police arrested Steven Hickman at a Broadway address. Hickman, 37, has been charged with repeatedly molesting three of his girlfriend’s nieces beginning in April 2011 and continuing over the next year and a half. The investigation by the special victims unit began Jan. 29, when a parent of one of the victims came to the police.
He was charged with a dozen counts of sexual assault, as well as sexual contact, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal attempt. Hickman also had eight open criminal bench warrants for unrelated incidents and was wanted by the Union County Sheriff's Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office as well as Newark, East Orange, and Irvington police.
"These are the type of arrests that are vital in our efforts to protect our community from violent and habitual predators. I am thrilled with the success of the unit and the seamless coordination between our fugitive section and our other interdepartmental agencies as well as the state, local, and federal agencies that regularly lend their assistance and manpower,” Police Director Samuel DeMaio said in a statement.