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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 15, 2017

Previously Convicted Felon From Essex County, New Jersey, Charged With Illegally Possessing Firearm

NEWARK, N.J. – An Irvington, New Jersey, man appeared in federal court today to face allegations that he possessed a firearm as a previously convicted felon, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Tyshone T. Overstreet, a/k/a “Tata,” 21, is charged by complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Overstreet was arrested in the evening May 12, 2017. He made his initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court and was detained.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On March 3, 2017, law enforcement officers attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop of a car in which Overstreet was a passenger. Before the car came to a complete stop, Overstreet jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. As Overstreet ran away from law enforcement, he threw an object that was later recovered and determined to be a .40 caliber Glock Model 22 handgun. Law enforcement also recovered an extended caliber magazine and 17 rounds of live .40 caliber ammunition. At the time, Overstreet had at least one prior felony conviction in Essex County Superior Court.

The felon in possession of a firearm charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited FBI special agents, under the direction Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher, with the investigation. He also thanked the Newark Department of Public Safety, under the direction of Director Anthony F. Ambrose and the Irvington Police Department, under the direction of Director Tracy Bowers, for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Graves of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defense counsel: Leticia Olivera Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
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Press Release Number: 
17-152
Updated May 15, 2017