Thieves rear-ended car on N.J. highway, robbed occupants at gunpoint when they stopped, cops say
Thieves rear-ended car on N.J. highway, robbed occupants at gunpoint when they stopped, cops say
Newark police

Anthony G. Attrino
nj.com

Police in Essex County are looking for two men they say struck the rear of another car then robbed the occupants when they pulled over.

The robbers rear-ended the vehicle about 7:35 p.m. Friday in the area of Route 21 and Murray Street in Newark, according to police.

“When the victim and his passenger exited his vehicle to inspect for damages, they were robbed at gunpoint by two men who exited the vehicle that had struck the victim’s car,” said Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose.

The suspects took a bag from the victims’ vehicle that contained several credit cards and cash, Ambrose said.

Detectives later identified one of the suspects as Rafael Maldonado, 34, and obtained a warrant for his arrest, Ambrose said. Police did not release information about the second suspect.

Police are asking the public to help find Maldonado, who is 5-feet, 8-inches tall, 200 pounds with receding black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-877-695-8477, Ambrose said.

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