A series of events recently spiraled out of control for four Ocean County residents, all of whom are now facing criminal charges. According to police, officers were sent to a 19-year-old man's residence after two men allegedly kicked in his front door. By the time police arrived, however, the suspects had left the scene.
The 19-year-old identified the other two men, who had apparently gotten upset after discovering that a gun they allegedly purchased from the 19-year-old was broken. Police went to one of the men's home in Manchester Township to arrest him, but according to the officers, the man's mother tried to prevent the arrest.
The officers reportedly found the 20-year-old man in the attic of the residence, and he was taken into custody. A charge of unlawful possession of a handgun was leveled against all three men involved in the police investigation, and the mother of the suspect found in the attic is facing a charge of hindering the apprehension of another.
The 20-year-old is also accused of attempted burglary and criminal mischief.
The young man whose door was purportedly kicked in is facing an additional charge of unauthorized sale of a weapon.
Burglary and weapons charges can lead to serious penalties in New Jersey. Broadly speaking, a person can be convicted of burglary if the prosecution can prove that the suspect entered a property with the intention of committing any sort of crime. Burglary does not have to involve stealing property.
The penalties for burglary or attempted burglary can be more severe if prosecutors can prove that an accused individual had intentions of harming another person. The stakes are high in these cases, and people accused of weapons crimes or burglary will need a strong criminal defense.
Source: Manchester Patch, "Illegal Gun Sale, Burglary Result in 4 Arrests, Police Say," Bryan Littel, Jan. 6, 2014