Fort Lee police recently apprehended a man who allegedly used a machete while committing burglaries of businesses located in the borough.
According to police, Fort Lee NJ police got a call about a man carrying a handgun while walking through the parking lot of a motel located on Route 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Police officers went to the scene and reportedly came across the suspect walking in the motel parking lot. A Fort Lee NJ detective identified himself as a law enforcement officer, but the suspect ignored him. Instead, the suspect allegedly began to circle around the detective and appeared to get in a physical position to fight.
Moreover, police said that the suspect posed a threat because he would not remove his hands from his pockets. The police officers ordered the suspect to show them his hands, but he reportedly failed to do so.
When the suspect reportedly put his hands on his waistband, police approached and grabbed him.
Fort Lee NJ police subsequently searched the suspect and allegedly found him with an 18-inch machete. Police also reportedly found the suspect in possession of several items that had been reported stolen in five commercial burglaries in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Police did not find a handgun on the suspect’s person.
The 24-year-old suspect, who resides in Teaneck NJ, was arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including five counts of burglary and multiple weapons offenses.
After the suspect was placed under arrest and processed, he was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the correctional facility on a $50,000 bail amount.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the alleged thefts should get call Fort Lee detectives at 201-592-3510.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Carrying Machete Charged in Burglaries, Police Say.”