Royce Dedeaux, 24, who was arrested on Sept. 20, for carjacking an off-duty Newark Police Lieutenant, has been charged in a second carjacking.
The victim of a carjacking on Summer and 3rd Avenues identified Dedeaux as the armed man who carjacked him for his 2011 Jaguar. The incident occurred several hours prior to the carjacking of the Newark Police Lieutenant.
In the second carjacking, Dedeaux was traveling in a white BMW and bumped the victim from behind as he did in the case involving the police lieutenant.
Defendant Dedeaux is being charged with carjacking and weapons offenses in the second incident. Those charges will be added to the charges filed in the case involving the police lieutenant. In that case Dedeaux was charged with conspiracy, robbery and weapons offenses.
“It has always been a theory in the law enforcement community that the recent carjackings in the city were the work of the same group of perpetrators working in concert. Today the suspect who attempted to carjack an off-duty Newark Police Lieutenant on September 20 has been charged with another carjacking that occurred on the same day. I have the utmost confidence in the Carjacking Task Force to see this investigation through thoroughly to its conclusion,” said Police Director Samuel DeMaio.
These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they plead guilty or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.