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Essex County Sheriff’s Office


September 11, 2018

Contact: Sheriff Armando Fontoura (973) 621-4105

 Newark – A one-half mile foot chase on Monday night resulted in the arrest of an armed suspect by Essex County Sheriff’s Detectives and Newark police officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the plainclothes law enforcement task force was conducting pro-active patrol operations throughout the city’s 4th police precinct when they detected the odor of burning marijuana in front of 298 Fairmount Avenue.

“Our officers displayed their badges and approached a group of assembled males at that location,” Sheriff Fontoura said.  “One of the males, later identified as Anthony Jenkins, 23, was observed with a marijuana cigarette in his mouth.  In putting the cigarette out and placing it into his sweatshirt pocket, our officers could clearly see the butt of a handgun protruding from the suspect’s waistband.”

Jenkins bolted from the scene and was chased by the officers as he ran through backyards, over fences and through vacant lots.

“During the chase, Jenkins threw the weapon, a .22 caliber, Heritage revolver, fully loaded with illegal hollow point bullets, to the ground,” Fontoura added.  “The gun was immediately recovered and it was subsequently found to have been stolen out of Gallia County, Ohio, on January 10, 2006.”

Jenkins was finally taken into custody without further incident at the parking lot of University Hospital on Bergen Street, the remains of the marijuana cigarette still in his sweatshirt pocket.

Jenkins was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow point bullets, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest by flight and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

The suspect was lodged at the county jail where he awaits a bail hearing.