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Fugitive Arrested on Multiple Counts Including Terrorist Threats and Weapons Possession

April 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM

SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Police have concluded their investigation into an April 6 incident that sent a Belvidere man to the Sussex County Jail on a variety of criminal offenses.  On April 6 at 1:36 a.m. Sparta Police received a 9-1-1 from a male at a home in the #200 block of Alpine.  The caller reported that an individual in the home identified as 25-year-old Roger T. Edwards  was threatening him with a hatchet. He further stated that two other people in the residence had overpowered him and were holding him down, waiting for police. 

Corporals Marc Rubino and Adam Carbery arrived on scene a short time later.  The initial investigation revealed Edwards had been in the home with three other adult males earlier in the evening.  He became agitated and angry when they went out for the evening and left him at home alone.

Edwards sent multiple threatening texts throughout the evening to his friends.  The texts  indicated the friends would be attacked  when they returned home.  When the trio arrived home they became embroiled in a heated argument after one of them accused Edwards of stealing an I-Pod that was found to be missing from the home.

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It is alleged that Edwards became enraged and then reached for a hatchet that he had secured in his waistband.  As he attempted to remove the weapon, he was overpowered by the friends and held on the ground while they waited for police to arrive.

Edwards was taken into custody by police and the hatchet was secured as evidence.  He was transported to police headquarters for processing.  While in custody he was found to have an outstanding warrant from  Spokane, Washington for Felony Criminal Mischief and a one thousand dollar  narcotics warrant from Dover Township, New Jersey.

Edwards was charged with Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats; both Crimes of the Third degree.  He was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon; Crime of the Fourth degree.  Edwards was then lodged in the Sussex County Jail where he remains as of April 18 on fifteen thousand dollars and no ten percent option.  Sergeant . Jeffrey Mase assisted with this investigation. 

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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