NEWARK, N.J. — Two would-be carjackers were captured after one of their victims slashed them with a box cutter, authorities said.
Newark police say Nadir Morris, 19, and a 17-year-old boy flagged down the car around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and asked the three occupants for a ride. They agreed because one occupant knew the pair.
When the car stopped at an intersection a short time later, authorities said one of the suspects produced a handgun and demanded the victims give them the car keys, their cellphones and wallets.
The victims agreed to turn over the items, but one of them soon picked up a box cutter from the car’s floor and repeatedly slashed Morris and the teen. All five people then fled the vehicle.
Police responding to a reported stabbing soon found Morris and the teen, who were both bleeding. Around the same time, the three victims reported the incident to Hillside police. Officers recovered a handgun they say was used during the robbery as well as personal items taken from the victims.
Morris and the teen face three counts each of robbery, carjacking and conspiracy, along with weapons offenses. They were treated at a hospital for wounds that were not considered life-threatening.
No charges were filed against the carjacking victims.
It wasn’t known Sunday if either Morris or the teen has retained an attorney.