CLARK, NJ - Robert J. Wills, 52 is in custody after police discovered a collection of weapons and materials that could be used to make explosive devices in his Clark home according to a joint statement from Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos and Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Tuesday. He is charged with third-degree creating a false public alarm.

The statement says that emergency dispatchers received a call from a man, later identified as Wills, at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday warning police that their presence would be needed at his State Street home later in the day because a person intended to commit acts of violence at that address.

According to officials, Wills was not present when Clark Police arrived at the home.   Upon search, officers found and seized a total of 12 long guns, 3 handguns, quantities of ammunition, fireworks, and materials and chemicals that could be used in the creation of explosive devices.

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The joint statement said an investigation quickly revealed that Wills was at a relative’s home in central New York. Members of the New York State Police and Steuben County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested him without incident.

Wills currently remains in custody pending extradition to New Jersey and a first appearance and detention hearing to take place in Superior Court.  The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are being contemplated according to officials.

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