Brian P. Moore, left, and Tahje M. Hunt, right. (Photo: Newark Police Department)
Plans to rob a woman in Newark, New Jersey, Thursday night didn’t go as anticipated for two men when the would-be victim turned the tables on her assailants and shot them both.
The 43-year-old woman, who retired as a detective with the New York City Police Department nine months ago, was walking to her car around 9:30 p.m. when she was approached by the two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun, according to reports.
The suspects accosted the woman and demanded she hand over her cash, but instead of complying, she grabbed her own gun and fired at the suspects, striking them both. The police were called, and while the suspects attempted to flee, they did not get far before responding officers caught up with them.
The suspects, identified by the Newark Department of Public Safety as Tahje M. Hunt, 22, and Brian P. Moore, 27, both of Newark, were apprehended by authorities and transported to the hospital to receive treatment for their gunshot wounds. The suspects were treated and released for non-life threatening injuries, then taken to jail where they were both charged with robbery, conspiracy and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
At the scene, authorities recovered the gun used in the attempted robbery, which turned out to only be a replica.
The would-be victim was not injured.