September 2, 2015
By Vernal Coleman
NEWARK — The suspect killed Tuesday in the aftermath of a chase with city police was a Newark teen, law enforcement sources said Wednesday.
Tyree Crawford, 18, was one of six occupants of a silver Jaguar sedan authorities said was carjacked early Tuesday morning in the city’s Valisburg section. After the being spotted by police, the suspects attempted to evade apprehension, prompting a police pursuit through city’s South Ward.
Crawford was struck while attempting to flee the vehicle after the chase came to a halt on Hawthorne Avenue, sources said. Authorities confirmed his identity Wednesday afternoon via a press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The names of the five juveniles–whose ages range 14 to 17-years-old–apprehended by police following the pursuit are being withheld because of their ages, authorities said. Four of the juveniles are from Newark, while another resides in Orange, they added.
The exact circumstances of the crash that took Crawford’s life remain unclear. But according to the source, Crawford left the car and was hit by an oncoming police vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The five remaining suspects, who authorities said were inside the car during the police pursuit, are all juveniles, the source said. Each has been charged with multiple offenses, including receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and possession of two handguns authorities said were found inside the stolen vehicle, the source said.
One of the five now stands charged with the carjacking that prompted the police chase, the source said. All five have been remanded into custody at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center.
According to authorities, the incident began early Tuesday morning with the carjacking of a silver Jaguar sedan.
The five arrested suspects are now being investigated for their involvement in the carjacking, a subsequent armed robbery multiple shootings, authorities said.
Police apprehended three suspects immediately, while Crawford was struck by a police vehicle, authorities said.
Another two suspects ran off to a residence on West Runyon Street, prompting an hours-long standoff with the police department’s SWAT team.
An Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Bureau investigation into the death of the suspect struck by a Newark police vehicle is in its early stages, officials said.