Allentown man facing weapons charges following arrest at Great Adventure

JACKSON – A 38-year-old male resident of Allentown is facing multiple charges following his arrest at the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson.

According to a press release from the Jackson Police Department, at 11 a.m. Aug. 29 while working a security detail assignment at Great Adventure, Jackson Police Sgt. Michael Kelly and Jackson Police Officer Andy Falzarano were alerted by security personnel to a man at the employee training center who had reportedly come to seek a job.

The man was reported to be acting in an irrational manner and asking questions about the park’s security protocols.

Kelly and Falzarano responded to the employee training center and were told the man had previously been escorted out of Great Adventure because of his behavior, but had returned and began to harass employees because he had not been hired, according to police.

The officers spoke with the man and learned there was a handgun in his vehicle, which was parked in the security parking lot.

Police said a search of the man’s vehicle was conducted and said the officers recovered a Glock 9mm handgun in a holster, three loaded 15-round magazines for the gun, several knives, a machete, a tactical tomahawk (throwing axe), handcuffs and a hat bearing the New York Police Department logo.

The Allentown resident was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with unlawful possession of weapons, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, certain persons not to possess weapons, possession of magazines capable of holding in excess of 10 rounds and possession of handcuffs.

A search was subsequently conducted at the man’s residence by Jackson police detectives, the Allentown Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit and police said the search resulted in the seizure of an AR-15 rifle, several 30-round magazines for the rifle, a Sig Sauer 40 caliber handgun and ammunition.

Jackson police said additional charges relating to weapons possession, certain persons not to possess weapons and for each magazine capable of holding in excess of 10 rounds would be handled by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.