Star Ledger Article from January 07, 2016 

Newark teens carjacked BMW, fled through Hillside, police say


Marisa Iati | NJ Advance Media for By Marisa Iati | NJ Advance Media for The Star-Ledger
on January 07, 2016 at 5:04 PM, updated January 07, 2016 at 6:01 PM
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HILLSIDE — Two Newark teenagers were in custody today on charges of carjacking a vehicle in Newark and leading a police chase that ended when the teenagers crashed into tree, authorities said.

Hillside police arrested Yusan Powell, 18, and a 17-year-old male about 6:30 p.m., Det. Lt. Vincent Ricciardi said.

After Newark police issued an alert about a carjacking of a black 2003 BMW 325, a Hillside officer observed the stolen vehicle minutes later near North Broad Street, Ricciardi said.

He said the officer chased the driver, later identified as Powell, to the intersection of Williamson Avenue. When the car became stopped in traffic, the officer tried to block the carjackers from continuing, but Powell then struck the police cruiser and sped west on Grumman Avenue, the lieutenant said. 

He said Hillside police pursued Powell into Newark's Weequahic Park, but as the fleeing driver tried to exit the park, he crashed into a tree near Meeker and Elizabeth Avenues. 

Ricciardi said the two suspects fled on foot, but Hillside officers stopped them moments later. Newark police arrived on the scene to tow the carjacked vehicle, he said. 

Hillside police charged Powell with attempting to elude officers, aggravated assault on a police, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

The juvenile, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged with receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

Both were turned over to Newark police to face charges for carjacking and other offenses, Ricciardi said.


On October 27,2015,  while traveling west on Keer Ave. in the area of Clinton Place Sergeant Peter Corvelli observed a  a white Toyota Rav4 traveling north on Clinton Place at a high rate of speed.  The officer was approached by a  male operating a white cargo van who stated that the white Rav4 was just stolen. The  officer activated his overhead lights and sirens in an attempt to conduct a motor vehicle stop. The driver of the suspect vehicle initially pulled over but shortly thereafter disregarded thew officers  signal to stop and a pursuit ensued. The driver of the suspect vehicle finally pulled over at Parkview Terrace and Pomona Avenue , in Newark ,where the four occupants fled on foot. Two juveniles were quickly apprehended. Following the pursuit and apprehension, Officers Shantell  Franklin and Treniece  Avent responded over to the registered owners address on Conklin Avenue . The vehicles owner  stated she had just arrived home  when four black males approached her, pointed a silver handgun at her. ordered her to the ground and carjacked her for her vehicle, the 1999 Toyota Rav4  that  had attempted to elude Sergeant Corvelli .

The apprehended  juveniles were  charged with:


2C:29-2b, Eluding,


2C:39-4a, Possession of a Weapon,

2C:39-5b, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose 

2C:29-2a(2), Resisting Arrest

2C:15-2a(2) Carjacking,

Both juveniles were later housed at the Juvenile Detention Center in Linden.


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