Newark man charged with armed carjacking in North Bergen

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NEWARK – U.S. Atty. Craig Carpenito announced in a press release Thursday that a Newark man has been charged with committing two armed carjackings in North Bergen and Newark.
Nifees Ingram, 32, made his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III in Newark federal court March 29. He has been charged in two complaints with the carjackings and with using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
The carjacking charges each carry a maximum 15 year prison sentence, and the firearms charge carries a minimum five year prison sentence, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, and a statutory maximum term of life in prison.
According to officials, on March 12, Ingram went to a North Bergen residence of someone who owned a 2007 Audi Q7.
He was allegedly there under the pretense of possibly buying the vehicle, which the owner had posted for sale on Facebook. Ingram allegedly lured the owner from their home and asked if he could test drive the vehicle.
However, once he got in the car with the owner, he allegedly produced a handgun and disallowed the owner from leaving the vehicle.
Ingram allegedly drove the victim from North Bergen to Newark, Carpenito said.
Upon arriving, he allegedly forced the victim to give up his cell phone and exit the car. He then fled with the car, later recovered in Newark, Carpenito said.
Ingram was also charged with a March 4 carjacking in Newark.