FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the whereabouts of Devonte Young (23), who has a warrant for his arrest after making a terroristic threat against another citizen on Thursday.
According to police, Young is the individual known by many residents as the homeless man with a dog that stands near the intersection of Route 46 West and Plymouth Street. His last known address is in Michigan.
Since approximately Nov. 22, Young has often been often seen standing with his dog near the intersection of Route 46 West and Plymouth Street holding a sign stating, “Homeless. Puppy Eats First,” in accordance with his Constitutional right of freedom of speech. As a result of this activity, calls to the Fairfield Police Department’s 9-1-1 and regular phone numbers increased dramatically, police said.
According to Fairfield police, many motorists and citizens have given him donations that included money, dog food and water. The Fairfield Police Department offered to contact area shelters and social services on behalf of Young and his dog, but police said he declined this offer.
Recently, it was discovered that Young had discarded many of the dog food donations that were given to him into area dumpsters. The police department can confirm that some of this food was recovered from dumpsters, and will be donated by the police to area animal shelters.
Police said the discarding of this dog food angered many of the individuals who made these donations. As a result, another citizen went to the area of the Plymouth Street jug handle on Thursday with a sign that said, “Scam. It’s on Facebook,” on one side and, “Fraud. Save your Money,” on the other side.
Although this citizen was exercising her Constitutional right of freedom to speech and streaming it live on Facebook, police said Young came over to her location and began to argue with her. Twice, he twice threatened to bring his dog over to her location in what she believed to be a physical threat against her well-being, given the size of the dog, according to police.
The police were called and mediated the dispute. It was at that time that the police learned of the Facebook recording.
Upon reviewing the recording with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, a charge of making a terroristic threat was authorized by the prosecutor’s office and filed by the Fairfield Police Department against Young. On Friday, Fairfield and Montville officers responded to the Knights Inn, located in Montville, in order to serve the arrest warrant.
According to police, Young was not there, but was contacted on his personal cell phone. He agreed to surrender himself to Fairfield authorities at 4 p.m., but failed to do so, police said.
Anyone who sees Young or has information about his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department at (973) 227-1400.