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Stun Gun Arrest at Courthouse
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Newark – A city woman was arrested this afternoon when she attempted to bring a stun gun into the Essex County Superior Court complex on West Market Street. Shaquai Brown, age 24, was stopped from entering Veterans Courthouse at 1:30 p.m. by sheriff’s officers who detected the weapon via the complex’s east entrance X-ray machine. Brown had come to the court complex to obtain information about a pending matter in Tenant – Landlord court. “The taser device was disguised to resemble a cell phone,” noted Sheriff Armando Fontoura. “Our officers were really on the ball in identifying this dangerous weapon for what it was.” Brown was issued a summons for possession of a stun gun and released in her own recognizance. She will answer to today’s charge in criminal Central Judicial Processing court on July 24th.
 
Minnesota Fugitive Arrested in Newark
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Newark – A suspect on the lam for more than three years from Minnesota law enforcement authorities was arrested in Newark on Tuesday by detectives from the U. S. Marshal’s New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force. “Working with information provided by Minnesota sources, sheriff’s Detective Lenny Jackson and other officers assigned to the task force yesterday located and arrested 22-year-old Alex Yupa in the second floor apartment of 220 Wilson Avenue,” stated Sheriff Armando Fontoura. Fontoura added that Yupa was on the Most Wanted list of Hennepin (Minneapolis) County authorities for the aggravated sexual assault of a minor on February 21, 2011. Yupa was lodged at the Essex County jail where he awaits extradition to Minnesota.
 
Three Suspects Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Irvington – Three suspects were arrested last night on multiple weapons and drug charges by Essex County sheriff’s detectives. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that in response to complaints from local residents and business owners of open air drug trafficking at the intersection of Maple and Clinton Avenues his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted a plainclothes surveillance operation at that location on Monday night. “Our detectives observed two males loitering in front of 128 Maple Avenue just before 7:00 p.m. last night,” Sheriff Fontoura noted. “A third male approached the pair and engaged in a brief conversation.”
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IPhone Robbers Arrested
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Newark – Two male juveniles were arrested last night and charged with robbery by Essex County sheriff’s officers. Sheriff Armando Fontoura said that at 7:00 p.m. on Monday a 17-year-old male juvenile reported to his department’s Patrol Division officers on duty at Weequahic Park that he had just been punched in the face and robbed of his IPhone in the park’s golf course parking lot.
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Two Suspects Arrested & Arraigned on Drug Charges
Thursday, 09 July 2015
Newark – Two alleged Crips street gang members were arraigned today on multiple drug charges following their arrests yesterday afternoon. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that a task force comprised of officers from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and the Bloomfield Police Department conducted a plainclothes surveillance operation near the intersection of Franklin Street and Willard Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. “At 2:00 p.m., our Bureau of Narcotics detectives and Bloomfield police observed a green 1992 Acura Legend appear on the scene and drive into the rear parking lot of 159 Franklin Street,” Sheriff Fontoura noted. “Both the driver of the vehicle and his passenger were known to our officers and the task force moved in to further investigate.”
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