Trio Stopped With Cache of Loaded Weapons Heading Into NYC to 'Rescue' Girl Involved in Drugs: Reports
Three people were arrested outside New York City Tuesday when police say they found a cache of weapons during a traffic stop for a cracked windshield.
Authorities stopped the vehicle, covered in pro-gun and anti-drug-dealer signs, on the New Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel.
Authorities eventually learned the occupants — John Cramsey, 50, Dean Smith, 35, and Kimberley Arendt, 29, all from Pennsylvania — were allegedly on their way to "rescue" a teenage girl involved in drugs, The Associated Press reported Tuesday night.
Each faces several weapons charges, the wire service said, citing a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The three remained in custody and it was not clear if they were represented by attorneys.
Inside the vehicle, police say they found five pistols, a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and several knives. It is illegal to carry loaded weapons in New Jersey.
Cramsey, who owns a gun range, wrote on Facebook that he was driving to New York to "do an extraction" of a 16-year-old girl in a Brooklyn hotel over alleged drug use.
Cramsey said he was going to get the Pennsylvania teen, who had left to "party" with some friends.
"One of those friends she went up there with will not be returning," he wrote. Cramsey named the juvenile and said "I'm bringing her out of NY today and anybody else in that hotel that wants to come home too."
Cramsey's daughter died from a heroin overdose four months ago at the age of 20 and has been speaking publicly about drug abuse since then, according to The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Cramsey is the leader of an anti-heroin group on Facebook, the paper reported.
Officals at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said there was no link to terrorism.
A camouflage helmet with what appeared to be night-vision goggles and flak jackets were also in the vehicle, authorities said.
The decal-covered Dodge SUV had a neon green cooler lashed to the front. A sticker for Higher Ground Tactical, the Emmaus, Pennsylvania, gun seller owned by Cramsey, covers the top of the windshield.