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Man arrested for carjacking 5 days after posting bail for attempted murder

October 18, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Man arrested for carjacking 5 days after posting bail for attempted murder

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A man from Essex County, New Jersey, who was taken into custody back in September for his role in a 2014 shooting, apparently couldn’t keep himself out of trouble after he allegedly carjacked a woman just five days after he posted bail.

Thirty-year-old Clarence Gaffney was apprehended on Friday and made his first court appearance on Monday on the carjacking charges. He was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement and one count of resisting arrest.

Gaffney, who completed a three-year sentence for drug possession and had been arrested multiple times, was apprehended in Newark on the outstanding attempted murder warrant on September 23rd, according to officials.

The order was signed back in October 2014, but Gaffney was never arrested. He was on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office’s most-wanted list for almost two years before his arrest on the attempted murder charge, NJ.com reported.

Police reports indicate that Gaffney opened fire a Jersey City man and shot him twice in the back in August 2014. The 21-year-old victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and needed surgery for the bullet wounds.

After he had been arrested on the attempted murder charge, he was released on October 7th after he posted $150,000 bail.

In the latest charges, Gaffney purportedly took a woman’s keys from her hand as she got out of her car in Jersey City and he then drove off with the vehicle. He was officially charged after she identified him in a photo lineup.

When he was taken into custody on Friday, the man allegedly resisted being handcuffed, injured one cop with a kick to the ribs, and grappled with another officer which caused both back and spine injuries, the complaint revealed.

Gaffney’s bail on his most recent charges will be established by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson.

There are two additional warrants for the suspects arrest out of Irvington Municipal Court with a bail of $8,000; an official reported when he made his first appearance in the Central Judicial Processing court on Monday afternoon in Jersey City.

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