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Two Manville Residents Arrested in Bridgewater on Weapons Charges, Somerset County Prosecutor Says

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two Manville residents were arrested on weapons charges following an incident with a gun at a hotel on Route 22 in Bridgewater, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

Justin M. Matthews, 37, was charged with two counts of second degree unlawful possession of a weapon, second degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, second degree certain persons not to possess weapons and fourth degree aggravated assault.

Deborah L. Nickerson, 35, was charged with two counts of second degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second degree certain persons not to possess weapons.

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Robertson said that on Nov. 9, at about 8:11 a.m., Somerset County Communications received a call about a person with a gun on Route 22. Officers arrived on scene, Robertson said, and spoke with the victim who said that while in room 226, an acquaintance of his, identified as Matthews, pointed a black colored semi-automatic handgun at him while threatening him.

Officers set up a perimeter around the hotel, Robertson said, and evacuated guests in nearby rooms. After speaking with Matthews via telephone, Robertson said, Matthews and Nickerson were taken into custody by officers without incident.

After a Superior Court Search Warrant was obtained, a search of the hotel room found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a .32 caliber revolver.

The two were taken to Somerset County Jail, pending a detention hearing.

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