On 4/27/2013 at approximately 5:06 a.m. Andover Township Police were dispatched to 251 Cherokee Road. Neighbors reported hearing an altercation inside and believed someone had been stabbed. Newton and Sparta Police Departments responded to assist out of officer safety concerns.
After several minutes of attempting to solicit a response at the door, officers entered the residence through an unlocked door. Upon entering they were confronted by the homeowner, Joshua Flores who fought with the officers at one point threatening to pull a gun on them. After a struggle resulting in injuries to two officers, Flores was handcuffed. Another occupant of the residence was found in a bedroom with apparant self-inflicted stab wounds to the wrists and abdomen. That individual was transported to Morristown Hospital for treatment.
Drugs and other Paraphernalia were found in plain view throughout the residence. The scene was secured while a court ordered search warrant was obtained. Officers from Andover Township and the Sussex County Prosecutors Office were assised with the execution of the warrant by The South Plainfield Police Department Narcotics K-9 Blitz and K-9 Officer Mark Bullock. Officers seized marijuana, packaging materials, digital scales, prescription pills, a large amount of cash and other paraphernalia items from the residence.
Flores was charged with, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threats, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Prescription Drugs w/o a Valid Prescription, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Sussex County Jail on $20,000 bail.
Editor's Note: These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.