CRANFORD, NJ – An arrest was made Monday morning of a student who, it turned out, brought several imitation guns into a classroom, according to police.
Eric Jacobs, 20, of Millburn carried three imitation firearms, including one resembling a rifle and two others resembling handguns, police said. He is charged with fourth degree possession of an imitation firearm for an unlawful purpose and creating a hazardous condition, a disorderly persons offense, according to a joint press release from acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Cranford Police Chief Ryan Greco.
According to a Facebook post by UCC, the arrest was made after a college employee notified the school’s public safety of a person on campus who appeared to carry a concealed weapon.
“Cranford Police responded immediately and in force and arrested the individual without incident,” the Facebook post reads. “An investigation is in progress.”
Dr. Jaime Segal, director of college relations, emphasized the important of college safety procedures.
“This was a best case outcome for this situation due to the alertness and diligence of our staff, who worked together with the Cranford Police Department,” Siegel told TAPinto Cranford. “We want to continue our students and staff to be alert and observant so we can address situations proactively, like we did there.”
Most students, staff and parents were not aware of the situation until the Facebook post due to how quickly the situation was handled, Siegel said.
“We’re just happy everyone is safe and everyone is okay today,” she said. “Everyone is aware of what happened in Florida and we continue to make sure that our students and staff stay vigilant. If they see something, they should let public safety know. That’s how this information was obtained and diffused so quickly.”
Jacobs remains in custody, and this matter remains under investigation, with the filing of additional charges possible, according to the press release. Anyone with any information should contact Detective Derek Farbanec of the CPD at 908-709-7347.
Convictions on fourth degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by up to 18 months in state prison, according to the press release.