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January 13, 2012 > Newark Police arrest carjack and sexual assault suspect

Newark Police arrest carjack and sexual assault suspect

Submitted By Cmdr. Robert Douglas, Newark PD

On Monday January 9, 2012, approximately 10:00 p.m., a suspect (later identified and arrested) approached a 22-year-old female victim (Newark resident) as she sat behind the wheel of her parked car on Darvon St. The suspect pointed a handgun at her and forced his way into the vehicle and drove off with the victim inside. The suspect stopped at a local park and attempted to sexually assault the victim. The suspect was not able to complete the act and drove the victim out of the park, and then forced her out of her vehicle nearby in Newark. The suspect drove off in the car. The victim went to a residence and asked that the police be called. The victim was seen at a local hospital and later released.

Through investigative means, members of the Newark Police Department were able track down and locate the suspect on Scarbough Drive. The suspect was arrested and the victim's vehicle was recovered. The investigation is still ongoing and evidence is being collected. The arrestee is David Petelo AKA: Tevita, age 26, transient (parolee at large for carjacking) and booked for auto theft (carjacking), kidnapping, false imprisonment, attempted rape, sexual battery, assault with the attempt to rape and parole violations.

Newark Police Department investigators are looking into the possibility that Petelo was involved in an April 2010 attempted kidnapping where a suspect approached a 15 year-old female as she was walking in the area of Parkshore Drive and Edgewater Drive in Newark. The suspect in this case grabbed the juvenile from behind, knocking her to the ground. The victim fought back by kicking and screaming, and drew the attention of a passing adult bicyclist. The victim was able to break free from the suspect and he walked away from the area. The bicyclist pointed out the suspect to a passing motorist and asked him to follow the suspect and call 911. The motorist followed the suspect onto Parkshore Drive until the suspect turned and fired three shots from a handgun in the direction of the motorist. The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on northbound Parkshore Drive. None of the involved parties were injured during this incident.

Any person with information concerning this incident should contact Detective Sergeant Michael Carroll at (510) 578-4247. Information can also be left anonymously on the "silent witness" hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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