Fort Lee NJ Police Arrest Three Men Accused of Possessing Weapons in Apartment
Fort Lee police investigated a report of bullet holes in the windows of a number of local businesses near 2460 Lemoine Avenue. When police investigated, they found that the damage had been done by large steel ball bearings.
Detectives were able to figure out the origin of the ball bearings by tracing their trajectory. Investigators believed that the ball bearings came from an upper apartment on 2450 Lemoine Avenue.
Police officers at the scene noticed that the occupants of one of the apartments at the address had closed all of the windows and lowered the blinds. When police officers went to the apartment, they spoke with the suspects.
Police later searched the apartment after reportedly receiving consent to do so. Once inside the apartment, the officers allegedly found a number of weapons, including a machete, several large knives, a large ax, and archery equipment. Police also allegedly found devices like slingshots and wrist-mounted launchers which are capable of firing ball bearings.
The 24-year-old suspect faces the most serious criminal charges. He was charged with multiple counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of weapons, manufacture of weapons, and criminal mischief.
The 20-year-old suspect and the 21-year-old suspect were both charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. The 20-year-old suspect was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia because police officers allegedly found him in possession of equipment used to package drugs.
After being arrested and charged, the three suspects were taken to the Bergen County Jail. The 21-year-old suspect was held on a $50,000 bail amount; the other two suspects were held on significantly lower $2,500 bail amounts.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Fort Lee Men Kept Cache of Weapons in Apartment, Police Say.”