The foothunt of an armed suspect charged with robbery and kidnapping by a Newark officer was caught on camera and released by the detachment on Sunday.
The video, captured by the officer’s body-worn camera, shows the police officer responding to a reported armed robbery of a silver Ford pickup truck.
In a chase, some of which takes place on foot and in a police cruiser, the officer sprints after the suspect before taking him into custody.
The incident occurred shortly before 12 noon on Saturday after two victims were reportedly stopped by the armed suspect and forced him to drive him in their truck, Brian O’Hara, director of public security for Newark, said in one Press release.
Before the responding officer spotted the truck, the suspect allegedly forced one of the victims to withdraw cash from an ATM on Bergen Street.
The police footage shows the officer jumping into a police cruiser and chasing the pickup until the driver pulls up near Hawthorne Avenue and Wainwright Street. Then the suspect escapes on foot and is followed by the police on foot.
“These officers prevented a convicted criminal from committing an armed robbery, pursued him with an illegal weapon in hand, and managed to safely arrest him without injuring anyone,” said O’Hara.
The suspect, identified by police as 25-year-old Newark Shukri Dunell, was in possession of a loaded gun at the time of his arrest, O’Hara said.
Dunell is charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a gun, possession of a gun for an unlawful purpose, possession of a large capacity magazine, and resisting arrest. Contact information for his lawyer was not immediately available.