A Roselle Park man was arrested for possession of an imitation firearm and disorderly conduct after officers responded on Wednesday, December 3 to a report of a man with a shotgun at the high school, police said.
Sergeant Dominick Frino said officers responded to Roselle Park High School where three juveniles reported a male running toward them carrying a shotgun.
According to the witnesses, when the man approached them, the three 17-year-old males ran into a resident’s backyard on West Lincoln Avenue near Larch Street.
Upon arrival of the police, the reporting party, a father of one of the juveniles, exited the backyard with the witnesses and stated that while the teenagers were standing in front of the high school, a black SUV entered the front parking lot of the high school and a male appeared in the area of the vehicle, wearing all black walked toward the three with what appeared to them, to be a shotgun or rifle type weapon, added Frino.
Roselle Park Police said they responded and requested assistance from other agencies in the search of the area for the suspect. Kenilworth Police, Union County Police, Union County k-9 unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist in the search of the high school, police said.
A thorough search of the High School grounds and interior of high school yielded negative results for any male matching the given description.
Through a follow up investigation, Said Lopez, 18, of Roselle Park was arrested this past Friday, December 5, at about 8:30 p.m.
Investigation revealed that Lopez was carrying his airsoft pellet gun out in the open which resembled an assault rifle. It was also learned that the firearm was never pointed at the juveniles and threats were never made.
Said Lopez was charged with possession of an imitation firearm (4th degree crime), disorderly conduct and was released with a court date, said Frino.
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