Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Man, 18, found with replica handgun, beer during East Brunswick traffic stop

EAST BRUNSWICK — A Middlesex Borough man was arrested after police found a replica airsoft handgun, a baton, sharpened metal knuckles and beer in his car during a traffic stop in East Brunswick, authorities said Tuesday.

Philip Donato Jr., 18, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and underage possession of alcohol after the stop on Milltown Road just before 11 p.m. Friday.

East Brunswick police stopped a vehicle driven by Donato near Claire Road after an improper lane change on Route 18, police said. Sgt. Jeff Marino approached from the passenger’s side and was getting the driver’s credentials when he noticed what appeared to be the handle of a gun protruding from the map pocket behind the passenger’s seat.

Marino ordered Donato to exit and recovered a KWC Airsoft handgun that was altered to look like a Taurus 9-mm handgun, Sgt. Paul Natalicchio said in a news release. The sergeant also allegedly found a collapsible PR-24 baton, metal knuckles that had sharp metal tips and several unopened cans of beer.

Donato was arrested and charged, Natalicchio said. He was released on his own recognizance, pending a court appearance.

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