Assault rifle brandished during rage on Route 202, cops say
An assault rifle and a high-capacity 30-round magazine were found in a car that had been involved in road rage incidents on Route 202 on Sunday afternoon, police said.
Police said a gun was brandished during the road rage around 4 p.m. in Readington.
A Branchburg police officer stopped the car and ordered the three occupants to exit. It was at this point that officers said they saw a Sig Sauer AR-15 rifle with the magazine loaded with 5.56mm ammunition in plain view.
Robert Figueroa, 19, of Whitehall, Pennsylvania; Axel Rafael Colon Merly, 18 from Allentown, PA; and Miguel Angel Otero Journet, 19, of Bear, Delaware, were charged with illegal second degree possession of an assault firearm, third degree terrorist threats and fourth degree possession of a magazine. big capacity.
At a detention hearing Thursday in Somerset County, a Superior Court judge freed Journet and Merly but detained Figueroa, who is accused of brandishing the gun at a traffic light in Hunterdon County , according to a MyCentralJersey.com report.
Figueroa’s attorney argued that possession of an assault rifle is legal in Pennsylvania and his client was unaware that it was banned in New Jersey, according to MyCentralJersey.com.