The Englewood Police Department police chief was on patrol when he allegedly observed a 1998 blue Mercedes Benz driving erratically. According to authorities, the chief initiated a traffic stop near Liberty Road and Glenbrook Parkway in Englewood, NJ.
While pulling over the suspects’ vehicle, the police chief ran a license plate check.
At around the same time that the officer was initiating the traffic stop, an Englewood police dispatch issued an alert for a male suspect who was allegedly in possession of a gun in the area of Liberty Road. The dispatch indicated that the male suspect was joined by multiple men and that all of them were driving in a blue Mercedes Benz.
The police chief called for backup and several other Englewood officers arrived at the scene. When the officers approached the suspects’ vehicle, they allegedly saw a .25 caliber Beretta semi-automatic gun.
All four occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest at the scene. The suspects included an 18-year-old Englewood man, a 19-year-old Teaneck man, a 22-year-old Englewood man, and a 15-year-old Englewood teenager.
Not long after being taken into custody, the suspects were formally charged with illegal possession of a handgun.
After being arrested and charged, the three adult suspects were transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. They are each being held at the correctional facility in lieu of separate $50,000 bail amounts.
Meanwhile, the teenage suspect was transported to the Bergen County Juvenile Detention Center in Teterboro, New Jersey.
The Englewood Police Department is currently investigating the alleged weapons offense. Englewood detectives are also working with agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to figure out the origin of the handgun that was reportedly seized from the suspects’ vehicle.
Members of the public with information about the suspects or the alleged weapons offense are asked to call Englewood NJ detectives at 201-568-4875. Members of the public can also leave anonymous tips by calling the Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-844-466-6789.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Loaded Gun Recovered After Car Stop by Englewood Police Chief, Authorities Say.”