A man was arrested and charged Saturday with stealing a car with a sleeping 2-year-old inside at Newark, authorities said.
On July 10, a 24-year-old Union resident reported that she parked her car with her 2-year-old daughter sleeping inside to drop off groceries at a relative's house on Ferry Street, police said. When she returned, the car was missing, police said.
Police located the car with the girl inside less than 400 feet away, on Adams Street. The child was unharmed, but taken to University Hospital for examination. The victim's cellphone was stolen.
Through a tip from the public, police located and arrested Sanders Martin Gomes, 40, already wanted for outstanding warrants. He was getting his hair cut at the time of the arrest, on Saturday.
He was charged with carjacking and endangering the welfare of a child. Gomes was also charged with possession of a controlled substance as he was found with six glassine envelopes of heroin, a vial of crack cocaine and a small container of cocaine when he was taken into custody.