A teenager helped police track down a group of people suspected of shooting blow darts at random people.
Kenneth Gantt, 13, was hit by a dart Wednesday night while riding his bike on Main Street. It was the third blow dart incident in Newark in 11 days.
"I was just riding down the street and I hear a loud pop," Gantt said. "And then I looked down at my pants and I had a dart stuck in my pants."
Photos from Newark Police show the 4 to 5 inch long darts involved. The darts are the same type of darts fired at women in two separate incidents last week.
"I was scared because I didn't know if it was poisoned. I didn't know what they did to it or why they did it," said Gantt.
He may not have known what to think, but he knew what to do.
Gantt said the dart came from a red car.
He followed the car up Main Street to a nearby grocery store.
He watched as several people got out of the car and went inside.
He said he approached a stranger parked in the lot, asked for a pen and paper, and wrote down the red car's plate number.
"Just my instincts told me," he said, when asked how he knew what to do.
He hopped on his bike, taking the dart, and the plate number, to the Newark Police Department.
Investigators traced the plate to a home, where they say they found a red car, with an identical blow dart inside.
"I'm glad I stopped it before anybody else got hurt," said Gantt.
"He's my hero," said his mother Denise Moore.
Police have identified and spoken to a group of adult males connected to that red car.
No one is charged, but police are calling them suspects in these attacks.
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