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South Orange Crime Blotter
7/19/2015 to 8/2/2015

8/1/2015
Robbery/arrest
Darnell Brown, a 19 year old Newark resident was arrested on 7-30-15 at approximately 1:10pm after Detectives determined that he was the actor responsible for an armed robbery of a food delivery employee on Holland Rd. on 7-25-15. Detectives while conducting surveillance on Smith St. in the city of Newark observed the actor walking down the street. Detectives approached the actor who fled on foot and was ultimately apprehended in a rear yard on Smith St. after additional South Orange officers rushed to the scene to assist with the extremely combative actor. The actor had assaulted several officers while attempting to elude apprehension and resist his lawful arrest. The actor was armed with a loaded handgun at the time of his encounter and physical resistance with the officers. The actor was transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly before being remanded to the Essex County Jail in Newark. The investigation into additional offenses is ongoing at this time.

7/30/2015
Theft of bicycle
A South Orange resident stated that on 7-29-15 he had secured his silver Schwinn Trail Way hybrid bicycle to the bike rack at the main train station at approximately 8:00am. The victim stated that he returned to same at 8:45pm and discovered the lock had been cut and the bicycle removed.

Shoplifting/arrest
Nehemiah Henderson, a 29 year old South Orange resident was arrested on 7-29-15 at approximately 9:45am after he was observed concealing several items into his clothing while in the Pathmark supermarket on Valley St. The actor was arrested by officers called to the scene as he attempted to exit the store with the stolen merchandise.

Warrant arrest
Louis McCray, a 65 year old Newark resident was arrested on 7-28-15 at approximately 11:15am after is was discovered during a motor vehicle stop on Third St. that the subject had outstanding warrants issued for his arrest out of the city of Newark and the Township of East Hanover.

Theft of cell phone
A victim stated that on 7-28-15 at approximately 11:15pm he was skateboarding in the NJ Transit lot adjacent to Church St. when a white male described as being 5'7" in his late teens wearing a navy blue tank top and grey shorts asked to use his cell phone for an emergency. Before the victim could reply the actor grabbed the cell phone from the victim's hand and fled into a small black vehicle occupied by three other white males. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

7/28/2015
Theft of package
An Irvington Ave. resident stated that on 7-25-15 at approximately 1:00pm a package containing sunglasses was dropped off in her apartment lobby area by UPS and some unknown actor removed same.

Shoplifting/arrest
Darryle Hodges, a 62 year old Newark resident was arrested on 7-25-15 at approximately 3:00pm after it was discovered that he had attempted to conceal merchandise in his pants prior to exiting the Pathmark supermarket on Valley St.

Theft/ arrests
Two juveniles from Newark along with a juvenile from East Orange were arrested on 7-27-15 at approximately 5:15pm after they committed a theft of a cell phone from a female on Sloan St. and fled the area on foot. Responding officers observed all three juveniles fleeing the scene on Vose Ave. where all three juvenile actors were arrested. The juveniles were found to be in possession of the victim's cell phone at the time of the police encounter and subsequent arrest. All three juveniles were transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.

Robbery
A Delivery worker for a food establishment on South Orange Ave. stated that on 7-25-15 at approximately 1:00am he was robbed at gunpoint after he attempted to make a delivery of food to a Holland Rd. address. The victim stated that two black male actors with thin builds and one with shoulder length dreadlocks approached him in the street, pointed a handgun at him and demanded his money, cell phone and food before fleeing the scene on foot east on Kenmore Ave. into the city of Newark. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Warrant arrest
Jean Laurent, a 27 year old West Orange resident was arrested on 7-27-15 at approximately 9:40pm after he was stopped for a motor vehicle violation on South Orange Ave. and during the subsequent stop it was discovered that the subject had two outstanding warrants issued out of West Orange for his arrest.

7/24/2015
Burglary/theft/arrest
Vincent Thomas, a 40 year old East Orange resident was arrested on 7-24-15 at approximately 3:55am after officers responded to a call of a suspicious individual observed in a rear yard of a residence on Redmond Rd. The actor described as being a short black male with a thin build and wearing a baseball cap fled the area but was observed by a responding officer on Highland Rd. after the actor had fallen from a bicycle he was fleeing on. During the subsequent field investigation the actor was found to be in possession of items stolen from a vehicle on Meeker St. The actor was transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly. The Detective Bureau is conducting a further investigation at this time.

Theft
A Maplewood resident stated that on 7-23-15 at approximately 10:00pm he left his back pack on the counter of a food establishment on South Orange Ave. and when he returned to it approximately ten minutes later he discovered it had been stolen.

7/22/2015
Theft of wallet
A South Orange resident stated that sometime between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on 7-21-15 he was playing basketball behind the elementary school on Glenview Rd. and some unknown actor removed his wallet which he had left unattended on the ground.

Theft of bicycle
A juvenile stated that sometime between 5:30pm and 6:45pm on 7-21-15 some unknown actor removed her green Huffy mountain bike from the bike rack located outside the town pool. The bicycle was left unlocked.

7/21/2015
Theft from vehicle
A Mosswood Ave. resident stated that on the evening of 7-18-15 an unknown actor entered her vehicle (2010 Toyota) which was parked in her driveway and removed several cell phone chargers and a DVD player. A neighbor stated that he observed an actor described as being a black male approximately 5'10" in height with short hair and a slight beard walk down the victim's driveway and when confronted fled the area on foot.

Burglary to vehicle
A Melrose Pl. resident stated that sometime during early morning hours of 7-20-15 an unknown actor(s) entered his unlocked vehicle (2006 BMW) which was parked on the street and ransacked the interior. No items were removed from the vehicle.

Burglary/arrest
Dillon Rose, a 26 year old South Orange resident was arrested on 7-20-15 at approximately 2:00pm after Detectives determined that he was the actor responsible for committing a burglary to his neighbor's apartment on Irvington Ave. The subject was arrested at his residence, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.

7/20/2015
Theft from vehicle
A Melrose Pl. resident stated that sometime during the evening or overnight hours of 7-19-15 an unknown actor(s) had entered his unlocked vehicle (2010 Subaru) which was parked in his driveway and removed a GPS unit and a charger for same.

Burglary to apartment
An Irvington Ave. resident stated that on 7-17-15 at approximately 12:45 he came home to his apartment and observed a neighbor known to him inside of same. The individual fled the scene after being observed by the victim. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Theft from vehicle
A victim stated that on 7-15-15 at approximately 3:00pm he was doing work on a residence located on Montrose Ave. and while doing same an unknown actor(s) entered his work truck which was parked on the street and removed cash and the victim's personal identification from his wallet which was left inside the truck.

Theft of cell phone
An employee at a restaurant on Village Plaza stated that at approximately 1:00pm on 7-17-15 an unknown actor removed her I-phone from the counter after she left it unattended for a short period of time.

Robbery/arrests
Jihta Hale, a 23 year old East Orange resident along with Shamiyah Bryan 20 years of age and also an East Orange resident were arrested on 7-16-15 after Detectives determined that they were the actors responsible for committing a robbery involving a handgun of a victim as he walked on Academy St. on 7-11-15. Both female actors were charged for the offense and transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark.


Departments

Numbers To Know
Police Dept
(973) 763-3000
Investigations
(973) 763-3000 x7794
Records Room
(973) 763-3000 x7782
Community Relations
(973) 763-3000 x7783
Juvenile Bureau
(973) 763-3000 x7788
Municipal Court
(973) 762-2839