BRANCHBURG, NJ – Police arrested three men and seized an AR-15 assault weapon and fully-loaded magazine following a road rage incident Feb. 28, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Arrested were Robert Figueroa, 19, of Whitehall, Pa., Axel Rafael Colon Merly, 18, of Allentown, Pa., and Miguel Angel Otero Journet, 19, of Bear, Del.
Robertson provided the following account:
Branchburg police were dispatched at 4 p.m. to the report of a road rage incident on Route 202 in Readington and that a weapon had been brandished during the incident before the car drove off heading into Branchburg.
Branchburg Officer Michael Lester observed the vehicle and pulled it over on Route 202 near Milltown Road. The occupants of the vehicle were safely ordered out of the car with the assistance of additional officers from the Branchburg Township Police Department and the Bridgewater Township Police Department.
Police observed the AR-15 assault weapon in the front seat and the magazine, which held 30 rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition.
The three occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest without incident. Branchburg Township Police Officers secured the vehicle and subsequently applied and were granted a Somerset County Superior Court Search Warrant for the vehicle which yielded the Sig Sauer AR-15 rifle along with the magazine. which was loaded with 5.56 mm ammunition.
The three suspects were charged in Somerset County with 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of an Assault Firearm. The defendants were also charged in Hunterdon County with 2nd Degree Possession of Weapon for unlawful purpose, 3rd Degree Terroristic Threats, and 4th Degree Possession of a High Capacity Magazine.
All three were lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.
Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Branchburg Township Police Department at (908) 526-3830 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.