Newark – A kidnapping suspect was arrested and a two-month-old boy was recovered unharmed by Essex County sheriff’s detectives late this afternoon following an incident that occurred in downtown Newark.
Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that reputed Bloods gang member Marcellus Martin, age 21, of 28 Irving Avenue was taken into custody as he approached his residence on foot with the child shortly before 4:00 p.m.
Earlier this afternoon, Martin followed his 20-year-old girlfriend who is the mother of the child into a drug store on Washington Street, threatened her and forcibly snatched the baby. Sheriff Fontoura added that when Martin exited the store he got into a waiting gray Chevrolet with two accomplices in the car. The suspect vehicle sped away from the scene north on Washington Street.
Fontoura said that the woman had just recently left the Wilentz Justice Complex, also on Washington Street, where she had just been granted a temporary restraining order against Martin. After the kidnapping, the woman returned to the complex and reported the incident to sheriff’s officers who sent out a general alert to all police agencies.
Following interviews with the woman and her relatives, teams of Essex County sheriff’s detectives responded to Martin’s residence where they interviewed the suspect’s relatives.
Lt. John Good and Detectives Robert Scarrillo and Thomas Bradley remained on the scene at the suspect’s residence and conducted surveillance while other sheriff’s detectives responded to other addresses the Martin was known to frequent.
“This type of kidnapping can have extremely serious consequences,” Fontoura pointed out. “Only recently, a young child was kidnapped by his biological father and thrown to her death from the Driscoll Bridge. Given these circumstances, we assigned all available personnel to this investigation.”
Martin was charged with kidnapping, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. The suspect was lodged in the Essex County Correctional Facility where he awaits arraignment on today’s charges.
Martin’s two accomplices remain at large. Conspiracy and other charges will be filed against them upon arrest.