NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ. – A 26-year-old woman looking for her boyfriend entered a Route 22 sports bar armed with a paintball gun, pointing the weapon at patrons who ran outside and hid behind cars in the parking lot, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Bryanna Gomez-Vanwyk is wanted in relation to an aggravated assault, terroristic threats and unlawful possession of a weapon investigation as a result of the Aug. 12 incident, which began at 9:30 p.m.. according to Robertson.
The prosecutor provided the following account:
The Somerset County Communications center received several 911 calls reporting shots fired at a sports bar and grill located on Route 22 East.
Police responded within minutes and saw the patrons running out the door into the parking lot. Police went inside, cleared the restaurant and learned that the suspect had fled.
Witnesses told police that a female had entered the front door of the restaurant brandishing a weapon, yelling obscenities and demanding to see a male employee. Employees and witnesses told police that the female had pointed the weapon directly at them while yelling.
Police located a large knife and several paintballs at the scene, as well as additional items which led to the identification of the suspect. Police were able to view video surveillance from the sports bar and grill and determined that the weapon was a paint ball gun which appeared to be inoperable.
Preliminary investigation has indicated that this was a domestic dispute between the female suspect and a male employee of the sports bar and grill.
The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized charges of third-degree aggravated assault, third-degree terroristic threats, and third-degree unlawful possession of weapon against the woman.
Robertson asks that anyone with information relating to this incident or who has information regarding Gomez- Vanwyk’s location, to contact the North Plainfield Police Department at 908-769-2937 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.