On Thursday, January 3, 2019, at about 1814 hours, a Newark Police Officer conducted a traffic stop of a tractor trailer on the right shoulder of Elkton Road about 1/2 mile south of Christina Parkway in Newark. While the police officer was out of his vehicle and speaking with the operator of the tractor trailer, a 2013 Hyundai, operated by Sean Finney, struck the rear of the 2017 Newark Police Department Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe was fully marked and had its emergency lights on at the time of the crash. After striking the police vehicle, the Hyundai continued forward and struck the rear of the tractor trailer.
Finney, 30, of Newark, was transported to an area hospital by ambulance for minor injuries and was later released. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Failing to Move Over for an Emergency Vehicle and Operating an Unregistered Vehicle. He was released pending a future appearance in Newark Alderman’s Court #40.
Neither the police officer, nor the operator of the tractor trailer, were injured in the crash.
On January 2, 2019, at about 0300 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to a report of a carjacking that had just occurred in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn at 1120 South College Avenue.
Officers responded to the incident and contacted the female victim. The victim advised officers that she was pulled into the parking lot and observed the suspect, who walked towards her. The suspect approached her vehicle and asked her a question. The suspect then opened the door to her vehicle and displayed a silver handgun. While pointing the gun at her, he demanded the keys to the vehicle. The suspect then struck the victim in the head and pulled her from the vehicle. The suspect entered the vehicle and fled south through the parking lot.
The victim went to a nearby room where 911 was called. The victim suffered lacerations to her face. She was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment and was later released.
The suspect is described as a black male, 20-25 years of age, 5’8″ – 6’0″, 180-220 pounds and wearing green sweat pants, a green hoody sweatshirt with the hood over his head and a black ski mask that covered part of his face. Photos of the suspect are located below. He was armed with a silver handgun.
The vehicle stolen is a 2010 silver Chrysler Town & Country minivan with DE temporary tag XP632728.
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