According to officials, an off-duty Newark police lieutenant was at a retail gun store in Belleville NJ when he overheard the 25-year-old suspect identifying himself as a cop. The suspect was reportedly talking to the owner of the gun shop during a transaction.
The Newark police officer got into his car and followed the suspect as he drove from Belleville to Newark, New Jersey. When the suspect passed through Newark, he was stopped by police and arrested.
When Newark police searched the suspect’s car, they allegedly found a 40-caliber handgun, a knife, a police radio, and several other police-related items.
The suspect was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer. He was also issued citation for numerous traffic offenses.
It’s also possible that the suspect could be charged with additional crimes, including weapons offenses.
While announcing the charges against the suspect, the acting public safety director for Newark NJ praised the off-duty cop who helped to make the arrest. The director said that the Newark police officer made sure that law enforcement was able to remove “another gun from our streets which may have otherwise been used in criminal activity.”
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Man Arrested for Impersonating Newark Cop Found with Gun, Officials Say.”