Newark man charged for carjacking in Montclair

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man has been charged for a December armed carjacking in the city of Montclair. According to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, Andy Cook, 23, of Newark, is charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit carjacking, one count of carjacking, and one count of conspiracy to use a firearm during a crime of violence. He is scheduled to appear by videoconference today before U.S. Magistrate James B. Clark III.

“On Dec. 6, 2021, Cook’s accomplice approached the victim, who was inside her car that was parked on her driveway. The accomplice pointed a firearm at the victim and ordered the victim to leave her belongings and exit the car,” Sellinger alleges. “Cook then entered the car and drove it away.  After the victim called the police, law enforcement officers spotted the vehicle. Cook abandoned the vehicle in Newark and fled on foot before being apprehended.

Statute declares the count of conspiracy to commit carjacking carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The count of carjacking carries a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The count of conspiracy to use a firearm during a crime of violence carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.