NEWARK — An Essex County grand jury returned a 37-count indictment Monday charging two Elizabeth residents with a Sept. 15, 2010 double murder and carjacking that took place outside a Newark bar, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced.
Anwar Crockett, 31, and Ali Karim, 30, face counts of murder, felony murder, carjacking, robbery, arson, eluding and multiple drug and weapons charges.
The suspects are accused of killing Reginald Wilson, 27, of Elizabeth and Ismael Bowers, 31, of Newark. The victims were shot while sitting in an Audi in front of a bar in the 300 block of Sherman Avenue in Newark. Crockett and Karim were also indicted for attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a third man.
Crockett and Karim were also charged with robbing the victims and stealing their car. The indictment further alleges Crockett and Karim torched the Audi in Elizabeth. Karim was also indicted for stealing a BMW on Sept. 15.
On Sept. 19, the two defendants allegedly refused to stop when directed to do so by Elizabeth Police, resulting in a chase involving officers from both Newark and Elizabeth. Crockett was shot twice by Elizabeth police attempting to make the arrest. The indictment alleges that Crockett and Karim caused or attempted to cause serious bodily injury to six police officers.
Authorities said that Crockett and Karim used a .40 caliber handgun, 9 mm handgun and a Cobray SM-11 mm firearm – an assault weapon – to carry out their alleged crimes. When the suspects were arrested on Sept. 19, officials said Crockett and Karim were in possession of cocaine, so were charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute.
Both men face life in prison without possibility of parole if they are found guilty of all the charges, officials said.
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