UNION, NJ – An Elizabeth man has been charged with illegal possession of a handgun after a woman out walking her dog on Summit Road, in the area of Magie Avenue, saw the man run past her with a gun in his hand.

According to Union police, at 7:00 Friday morning, the Summit Road resident called Union police to report the incident. While en route to the scene, officers received a call from a different woman who thought she was almost carjacked on Magie Avenue.  Officers arrived in the area and began looking for the man.

With assistance from the Elizabeth Police Department, Union police officers found the suspect in Elizabeth, although he no longer had the gun.  According to police, officers began to backtrack to search for the weapon. Their investigative steps took them to a home on Livingston Road in Elizabeth, where a Colt 45 caliber handgun was located under a car in the driveway. 

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Max Ortman, 24, from Elizabeth, was placed under arrest.  Based upon their investigation, police say there was no attempted carjacking, as there was no attempt by Ortman to take control of the woman’s car.   He is charged with illegal possession of a handgun.  Ortman is being held at the Union Police Department headquarters until he is sent to the Union County Jail, where he will have a bail hearing.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances of what happened that led up to Ortman running around with a handgun in Union and Elizabeth.