NEWARK (WABC) -- Newark police are investigating an alleged carjacking and home invasion that occurred early Thursday morning on South 9th Street in the city's central ward.
Police responded to the location just after 6 a.m., where they met with the victim who essentially stated that he was getting into his vehicle when he was approached by several males, one armed with a handgun. He said the group of suspects took his car keys and money and then led him back inside his house.
Once inside, he and his family were tied up and the apartment ransacked.
The suspects then fled the scene with cell phones and cash.
Reportedly, the suspects also took the victim's black 2011 Jeep and used it as their getaway vehicle.
Robbery detectives continue their investigation at the scene, and based on evidence and information gathered thus far, they believe it to be a targeted incident. However, police are still gathering facts before this can be confirmed conclusively.
To protect the victims, police are not releasing their names.
Anyone with information about this or any other crimes is asked to call the Department's 24-hour CrimeStoppers anonymous tip line at 877 NWK-TIPS (877 695-8477) or NWK-GUNS (877 695-4867).
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