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Newark Resident Pleads Guilty to Carjacking and Firearm Charges

U.S. Attorney Announces Guilty Plea in Montclair Carjacking Case Involving Use of Firearm

NEWARK, N.J. – In a significant development in local crime enforcement, Andy Cook, a 24-year-old resident of Newark, Essex County, has entered a guilty plea to charges of carjacking and conspiracy to use a firearm during a violent crime, as disclosed by U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.

The guilty plea arises from an incident on December 6, 2021, in Montclair, New Jersey. According to court documents and statements made in court, Cook, along with an accomplice, executed a carjacking. Cook's accomplice confronted the victim, who was in her car in her driveway, brandishing a firearm and demanding she exit the vehicle and leave her belongings. Cook then took control of the car and drove off. The police were alerted, and following a pursuit, Cook abandoned the vehicle in Newark and attempted to flee on foot before his eventual apprehension.

Cook faces significant legal repercussions for his actions. The charge of carjacking can result in a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of conspiracy to use a firearm during a crime of violence carries an even steeper potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Cook's sentencing is scheduled for May 30, 2024.

The FBI Newark Violent Crimes Task Force, led by Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy, played a crucial role in the investigation that led to these charges. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dong Joo Lee of the Narcotics/Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.

As this case moves forward to sentencing, it serves as a reminder of the severe consequences of violent crimes and the use of firearms in the commission of these acts. The coordinated efforts of law enforcement agencies continue to play a vital role in addressing and deterring such criminal activities in the community.

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