Shooting, assault on officer are latest in string of recent crimes in Montclair

The most recent incident happened Monday night just before 10 p.m. Montclair police responded to a report of shots fired near Maple Avenue and Woodland Avenue.

Apr 3, 2024, 10:13 PM

Updated 105 days ago

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Montclair police have already had a busy week with multiple ongoing investigations. Many came from residents considered to be on the quieter side of town.
The most recent incident happened just before 10 p.m. Monday. Montclair police responded to a report of shots fired near Maple and Woodland avenues. They say they found two men running to an awaiting vehicle. When it was stopped by the police, they discovered an 18-year-old in the car who had been shot. He was taken to University Hospital and is in stable condition. Several shell casings were found at the scene. Police are still working to identify any suspects.
Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller told News 12, “In that incident, those individuals and everyone involved so far are not from Montclair. So, you're like, ‘What was that about? Why were they here?' That's also ongoing and they're trying to figure those pieces out."
Around 2 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a residence on North Mountain Avenue after a homeowner reported finding an unknown man standing in her bedroom. Police say he ran away when she caught him. On the same day, in a separate incident on Breamore Road, a resident reported a suspect entering their home around the same time and stealing a jar of coins worth $250.
On March 30, police responded to a call about a stolen BMW X5 in the area of Highland Avenue and Edgewood Terrace. They found the vehicle as three men ran from a driveway heading toward it. An officer got out of a patrol car and tried to apprehend one of the men while he was getting in. The driver took off and the officer was dragged for a short distance before his ankle was injured. The chase continued in Newark, where the suspects crashed and tried to flee on foot.
"The officer involved that was dragged slightly is going to be OK. That’s the most important thing. No one was harmed or hurt there,” Spiller said.
Montclair police report an assault near the entrance of a QuickChek on Valley Road on Saturday. They say a man walked in and told two teenagers to get out of his way before punching both of them and fleeing in a black SUV.
The earliest incident occurred last week on Friday when the owner of a 2022 Audi noticed a man sitting in the front seat of her car on Lloyd Road. They say the suspect fled to another vehicle before speeding away.
"Don't leave your keys in the car. These are crimes of opportunity, and if you take away that opportunity, you're usually pretty good,” Spiller advised Montclair residents.
He says it's important to avoid leaving key fobs in their cars and reminds residents to lock their car doors.


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