FAIR LAWN, NJ - Police apprehended a 23-year-old male burglary suspect who allegedly had an imitation hand gun in his waistband when they pulled him from a dumpster on River Road.
On Tuesday, April 21, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Fair Lawn Police responded to 7-Eleven, 12-06 River Road, on a report of a car burglary in progress in the parking lot.
Upon arrival, the white male suspect had fled the scene. Police searched the area where the suspect ran and located Adam Zengel, age 23 of New Brunswick, hiding in a dumpster in the parking lot behind Optimum, 12-20 River Road, which is one block from 7-Eleven.
Zengel was sitting with his hands pressed against his waistband. Officers were able to force Zengel to move his hands from his waistband and removed him from the dumpster.
A 12-gauge flare gun, painted black and wrapped in electrical tape to appear like a hand gun, was located inside the dumpster. Also, two back packs were located which contained items that included a Rolex watch and crack pipes.
Zengel was released after being charged with burglary, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Chief Glen Cauwels stated all defendants, are presumed innocent until proven guilty.