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A 16-year-old from Newark and an East Orange man were both arrested on weapons charges Wednesday night, police spokesman Sgt. Ron Glover said.A “concerned citizen” notified police that the teen, who was identified by name and with a description, was armed as he sat on a porch near Renner Avenue and Huntington Terrace around 7 p.m., Glover said. Personnel from the FBI, State Police, Essex County Sheriff and State Parole, along with city police, were operating as part of the city’s Violence Reduction Initiative and conducted surveillance of the area.

Officers spotted the youth as his back was turned to them shortly before he turned while holding a gun, Glover said. When he was ordered to drop the weapon, the teen fled but was quickly caught, he added. He was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun after police retrieved a 38-caliber automatic and was being held at the county’s youth detention facility.

Another unit, the Rapid Response Intelligence Team, were looking for a shooting suspect on South 17th Street about an hour later when they spotted a man standing outside a car speaking with the driver. The man outside the car was holding a bag with an ammunition magazine sticking out of it, Glover said.

Jamil Williams, 25, began walking away when he noticed police, Glover added, and was detained as he quickly placed the bag in a white Jeep. Inside, officers allegedly found a loaded .9mm handgun. Police later learned the gun had been stolen in Georgia and that Williams was wanted on an outstanding warrant. He was additionally charged with several offenses, including receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of a handgun.

Police ask that anyone with information about this or any other crimes call the department’s 24-hour Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 877 NWK-TIPS (877 695-8477) or NWK-GUNS (877 695-4867).

 

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