I’m not sure if the Ledger is getting better at reporting it, or I’m getting better at noticing it, or criminals are more persistent in enacting it, but crime in Newark has been in the news just about every day these past couple of weeks. Here’s a quick rundown of recent events.
- Sunday, Oct 19: 13-year-old girl is shot in the cheek in Newark. Suspect remains at large.
A 13-year-old girl is in stable condition tonight after being shot in the cheek in Newark’s East Ward, according to Newark police. The shooting took place at about 7:40 p.m. near the intersection of Parkhurst Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Saturday, Oct 18: Unidentified man shot and killed in Newark. Follow up: Despite shooting, store in Newark still opens. Also includes some interesting backstory about the store and its origins in youth programs to get kids to keep from doing these exact crimes. Suspects remain at large. Chadwick Ave and Clinton.
“When I came in this morning to clean the blood up, I said, ‘You know what, life goes on. Shut down because something happened to somebody?’” said McCray, the basketball coach at Central High School. “It’s like you get used to it. It happened. It’s over. Let’s move on. But it’s sad you get used to stuff like this.”
- Thursday, Oct 16: Shots fired in daytime carjacking on busy Newark street. Two of the three suspects captured.
The carjacking occurred shortly before noon in the 100 block of Broad Street when two armed men got out of a Lexus sedan and approached the victim, who was driving a BMW coupe, the detective said. The robbers fought with the driver, and they soon fled in both cars. However, the Lexus was spotted moments later by Jersey City and Kearny police, McClendon said.
- Tuesday, Oct 14: Victim is in stable condition after Newark shooting. No further details, suspect at large.
The victim was shot at 7:30 p.m. at Ninth Avenue and South 12th Street, Detective Todd McClendon said. The man was shot once in the left side of his abdomen and once in the hip.
- Monday, Oct 13: 2 arrested in Newark drug bust netting $500K in heroin. Huge drug bust in the North Ward.
Detectives said they recovered about $45,000 in cash, a .41-caliber magnum handgun with a red dot scope and a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, both loaded, from fish tanks at Carrion’s home and a separate apartment on Ridge Street in Newark. The tanks rise and separate from their bases through a magnetized system, revealing false bottoms that were used to stash the weapons and money, authorities said.
Each was charged with possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute after detectives found 1,000 packaged “bricks” of heroin, worth about $500,000, in a compartment below the back seat of the Mercedes, Prause said. Investigators found about 42 bricks of heroin in a similar compartment in a Cadillac Seville parked at Carrion’s house, Prause said.
- Sunday, Oct 12: 30-year-old man fatally shot in Newark.
Police responding to the shootings shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday found a 30-year-old man shot in the head and chest, authorities said. He was taken from the scene at Central Avenue and South Ninth Street to University Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
According to crime statistics (ending Oct 5) at the NPD website, murder has declined 42% and shooting incidents 16%, while aggravated assault and robbery are up double-digits. Burglary has also increased 32% year to date, which the department attributes to better tracking methodology, rather than an increase in incidents.