HOLMDEL, NJ - When Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson New Jersey tells you they are one of the safest parks in the USA, they have a great example.

Fright Fest in a real way was averted when quick thinking security at Six Flags Great Adventure and their partners at Jackson Police Department coordinated to secure an irrational subject who had enough weaponry for a mass murder.

This 'Goosebumps' story was virtually ripped off the screen this week as a potential killer was taken off the streets. According to a news release from the Jackson Police Department, at approximately 11:00 am on Thursday August 29, 2019 while working a security detail assignment at Six Flags Great Adventure, Sgt. Michael Kelly and P.O. Andy Falzarano were alerted by SFGA Security in reference to Jonathan Fruchter, age 38 of Allentown NJ. He was at the employee training center and had reportedly come to the park seeking a job and was acting irrationally and asking questions about the park’s security protocols.

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The officers responded to the location and were advised that he had been previously escorted out of the park due to his behavior but had returned and began to allegedly harass employees because he had not been hired.

The officers spoke with the subject and through their investigation it was learned that he was in possession of a handgun in his vehicle, which was parked in the SFGA parking lot.  As the investigation progressed, a search of the vehicle was conducted and the officers recovered:

  • a Glock 9mm handgun in a holster,
  • three loaded 15 round magazines for the gun,
  • several knives, a SOG machete,
  • a SOG tactical tomahawk, several knives, handcuffs and a hat with the NYPD logo on it.  

The subject was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.  Members of the department’s Detective Bureau then assisted with the investigation and as it was continued into the evening, a search was later conducted at the subject’s residence in Allentown, NJ by detectives, the Allentown Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit.  The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of:

  • an AR-15 rifle and
  • several 30 round magazines for the rifle and
  • a Sig Sauer 40 caliber handgun and ammunition.

Jonathan Fruchter, age 38 of Allentown, NJ. was charged with:  unlawful possession of weapons, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, certain persons not to possess weapons, possession of magazines capable of holding in excess of 10 rounds and possession of handcuffs.  He is currently being held pending transport to the Ocean County Jail as other charges are pending.