HALEDON, NJ - Haledon Police apprehended an armed East Orange man Sunday, January 26, after fleeing a traffic stop on foot, according to the Haledon Police Department.
Haledon Police Officer Jeffrey Welsh noticed a white 2007 Nissan Altima on Haledon Avenue had failed to correctly signal it was turning and lacked a valid inspection sticker. Officer Welsh pulled the vehicle over and smelled a "strong odor of raw marijuana" coming from inside. Officer Welsh noted that there were three other occupants in addition to the driver and was joined by Special Police Officer Michael Moore and Special Police Officer Kris Duci to provide further support.
Individually, those inside the car were asked to step outside. When Raekwon Farrar, a 22 year old man from East Orange, exited from a rear passenger seat, he took off on foot. Haledon Police said that Sergeant Tim Lindberg, Police Officer Edar Merza, and Police Officer Andrea Len responded and Ferrar was apprehended after a chase the police described as "brief."
The officers searched Farrar after he was placed under arrest and found a red and silver Taurus Spectrum subcompact pistol loaded with six .38 caliber hollow point rounds in the right pocket of his jacket.
Haledon Police Lieutenant George Guzman, Public Information Officer, said, "The handgun was logged into evidence and it will be submitted for ballistic analysis."
The Altima was determined to be unregistered and uninsured and subsequently impounded. The driver of the vehicle was "cited for multiple motor vehicle violations" while Farrar was taken to the Passaic County Jail to await a CJP court date, charged with the following:
- Unlawful Possession of a Handgun (Second Degree Crime)
- Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons (Second Degree Crime)
- Unlawful Possession of a Handgun for Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree Crime)
- Resisting Arrest (Third Degree Crime), Possession of Hollow-Point Bullets (Fourth Degree Crime)
- Possession of Marijuana under 50 Grams (Disorderly Persons Offense)
- Obstructing the Administration of Law (Disorderly Persons Offense)
Haledon Police Chief Angelo J. Daniele said, "We are fortunate to have this illegal handgun seized and removed off our streets. Keeping Haledon safe remains our highest priority."
The Haledon Police Department added that, "Mr. Farrar is presumed innocent unless proven guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt, in a court of law."
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