HOLMDEL, NJ -- When Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGA) in Jackson tells you they are one of the safest parks in the USA, they now have a great example to back that claim up.

A real life Fright Fest was averted when quick thinking security at SFGA 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  the incident began at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Thursday when, while working a security detail assignment at SFGA, Sgt. Michael Kelly and Officer Andy Falzarano were alerted by SFGA security to their concerns about Jonathan Fruchter, 38.  Fruchter, the report said, was at the employee training center after reportedly coming to the park seeking a job. The suspect, officials allege, 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 the man 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, learned that he possessed a handgun in his vehicle parked in the SFGA parking lot. As the investigation progressed, the officers searched the vehicle and recovered:

  • a Glock 9mm handgun in a holster,
  • three loaded 15 round magazines for the gun,
  • several knives, a SOG machete, and
  • 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 later searched the subject’s residence in Allentown. The search resulted in the seizure of:

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

Fruchter 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.


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