Essex County Prosecutor Paula T. Dow announced the arrests of two Irvington teenagers in connection with a recent series of carjackings, at gun point, that have occurred along the Newark and Irvington border.
Daron Simms, the rear passenger, and Aljumar Derrick, the driver, both 19, were apprehended following a brief chase on foot, after their carjacked vehicle was stopped by a task force comprised of detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Irvington Police Department and the Newark Police Department. Both men were charged with receiving stolen property, eluding, resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a police officer, and weapons offenses. In addition, Daron Simms was charged with the August 1, 2009 carjacking that occurred in the north district of Newark. Both men are being held at the Essex County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.According to Captain John Melody, of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, on Friday, August 7, at approximately 6 a.m., detectives observed a 2008 red Infiniti, with three occupants, which had been carjacked on August 1 from Newark’s north district, traveling east bound from the Irvington/Newark border, near West Side Park. Detectives stopped the vehicle in front of 372 Badger Ave. where three suspects fled through nearby backyards on foot and two were subsequently apprehended at 303 Ridgewood Ave. A 380 cal handgun was recovered from the scene after officers observed the driver tossing the weapon during the foot chase. The third suspect remains at large.
During the course of this investigation, Essex County Prosecutor Detectives on Saturday, August 9, developed information that led them to a location near a home on Sheerer Ave. in Newark, where they recovered a loaded AR-15 assault rifle. In addition, on Monday, August 10, Essex County Prosecutor Detectives recovered an SKS – 7.62 assault machine gun, loaded with 22 rounds of ammunition, from the rear location of a home on Huntington Terrace, in Newark. The investigation is continuing.
— ANDY LAGOMARSINO, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM