NEWARK — City police chased and arrested a man in a stolen car, tracked down a gunman, and arrested a man for a violent robbery over the weekend, authorities said.
During three key incidents, officers seized two handguns, added Sgt. Ronald Glover.
Joshua Higgins, 19, was arrested Saturday night after a chase, police said. Officers noticed a car reported stolen near the corner of Springfield Avenue and Irvine Turner Boulevard at 8:15 p.m., Glover said. Higgins tried to get away, but lost control of the car near South Orange Avenue and Hunterdon Street – and he took off on foot, the sergeant said. Officers caught up with him shortly thereafter – and the investigation turned up marijuana and .25-caliber handgun in his possession, police said.
Higgins was charged with eluding, theft, burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and possession of marijuana, in addition to traffic summonses, Glover said.
Darnell Quinones, also 19, was arrested Sunday, Glover said. Officers responded to reports of gunshots in the area of Vermont Avenue and Plymouth Street, the sergeant said. As they approached a man matching the shooter’s description, the suspect tried to force his way into a building on the 100-block of Vermont Avenue, while reaching into his waistband, Glover said.
The man was identified as Quinones, and he was found to be in possession of a loaded and defaced 9mm semi-automatic handgun, police said. Quinones was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a defaced firearm, Glover said.
Early Monday morning the police’s Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested a 23-year-old for a violent robbery last month, authorities said.
Toyon Hatcher was taken into custody on the 700-block of Bergen Street in connection with a Jan. 7 robbery in the area of Sheerer Avenue and Bergen Street, police said. Hatcher is accused of punching the victim in the face – leaving the person with a detached retina and several broken facial bones – before taking a cell phone.
Hatcher was charged with one count of robbery, police said.