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Raritan Juvenile Arrested on Weapons Charges After Threatening Parents With Knife, Pellet Gun, Police Say

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RARITAN, NJ - A Raritan juvenile was arrested April 14 on weapons charges, according to a report from the Raritan Police Department.

The 15-year-old was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a weapon (pellet handgun) and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

According to the report, the arrest came as a result of an incident March 23 in which the juvenile threatened his parents with a knife and pellet gun.

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Officer Kathleen Sausa and Det. Everett Holt investigated the incident.

Police made several other arrests over the last week for drugs.

  • Scott Parker, 18, of Raritan, was arrested April 12 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance following a motor vehicle stop on Ashton Street. Officer Christopher Wren investigated the incident.
  • Joanna Ditaranto, 32, of Raritan, was arrested April 14 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin and crack), possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Gaston Avenue. In addition, Paul Mason, 29, of Raritan, was charged with hindering apprehension after he fled into his residence during the traffic stop to avoid being arrested for numerous warrants, police said. Sgt. Thomas Fisher investigated the incident.
  • Karnik Patel, 18, of Hillsborough, was arrested April 16 for possession of drug paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Mill Street. Deval Patel, 21, of Hillsborough, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officer Christopher Wren investigated the incident.
  • David Hacker, 37, of Somerville, was arrested April 17 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers were sent to the area of Cut Ups Salon, on Orlando Drive, for a welfare check regarding a male stumbling around the parking lot. Officer Evan Vacchiano investigated the incident.
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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