WESTFIELD, NJ — A 24-year-old Plainfield man is to be charged with creating a false public alarm following his arrest at the 7-Eleven on South Avenue Friday night, police said.
Authorities had taken a call at 6:43 p.m. Friday reporting of a person with a gun at “the 7-Eleven in Fanwood,” police said in a statement. Because there are no 7-Eleven stores in Fanwood, authorities directed departments with 7-Elevens in their jurisdictions to check them, police said on Saturday.
While in the parking lot of the South Avenue 7-Eleven Officer Andres Jaramillo found a person — later identified as Daniel Binder, 24, of Plainfield — with a hood over his head and hands in his pockets, police said.
“Binder refused to comply with Officer Jaramillo’s orders to remove his hands from his pockets,” police said. “Binder became verbally combative and resistive to Officer Jaramillo’s commands and continued to refuse to remove his hands from his pockets or to get on the ground as directed.”
Jaramillo and other officers arrested Binder, police said. The officers determined that Binder did not have a gun in his possession and that he was the caller who had reported the person with a gun, according to police.
A photo provided to TAPinto Westfield by a reader shows at least six police cars on the scene and nine officers in the parking lot.
“Binder remains in police custody at this time,” police said Saturday. “He was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. Binder will be processed, served with a complaint-warrant charging him with the second-degree crime, and transported to the Union County Jail in Elizabeth immediately upon release from the hospital.”
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