Trespassing At Six Flags Great Adventure Safari

April 17, 2020

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Trespassing Complaints

Recently JPD officers have had to respond to multiple reports of people trespassing onto Six Flags Great Adventure property along Reed Road. Some of those incidents have been:

On Sunday April 12, 2020 at approximately 1431 hours, officers responded to Reed Road on a report of people along the fence line. Responding officers located a family on bikes riding along Reed Road, which is an unpaved, township road. Officers did not observe anyone at the fence line trespassing on SFGA property which would fall under the petty disorderly persons offense of defiant trespassing and since the in presence requirement of the officers observing the offense was not met for them to legally issue a summons, the subjects were warned and SFGA representatives were contacted and advised they could sign complaints if they so chose.

The responding officers also considered the Governor’s Executive Order 107 which advises residents to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons: (exception) “walking, running or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members or romantic partners” and E.O. 108 which states that no county or municipality may adopt or enforce any restrictions going forward related to: “any general restrictions on freedom of movement”. As this was a single family riding bikes on a public roadway, and other passing vehicles observed and not a party or social gathering as prohibited by E.O. 107, the subjects were advised of social distancing and no summonses were issued, which would have to be authorized by the Ocean County Prosecutors Office as related to violations of the Executive Order.

On Thursday April 16, 2020, officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Reed Road and trespassing on SFGA property. During this investigation, a 49 year old male was observed trespassing on property and claimed he went there to see the animals. He was issued a summons for defiant trespassing and released at the scene pending a court appearance.

Also on April 16th, the agency received information on 2 male subjects who were captured on SFGA security cameras, climbing over the fence and entering the safari property where they potentially could have risked coming into direct contact with the safari animals. This incident reportedly took place on Tuesday April 14th at approximately 1759 hours and the males were inside the safari for approximately a half hour before leaving. Anyone with any information on helping identify these subjects is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at 732-928-1111 or through the department’s StopIt app online. Photos of the male subjects involved in this incident are included with the release.

We recommend that residents observe the Governor’s Executive Orders and stay at home, but if you do go outside, please remember to socially distance yourself from others. If going out, please do not trespass onto Six Flags Adventure Property (or any others), as the park is closed at this time. There will be additional patrols in the area and officers will investigate and evaluate each instance independently, keeping in mind the Executive Orders and Constitutional Rights and complaints will be signed when warranted.

A link for information on Executive Orders 107 and 108 is attached in the comments of this release. Thank you to all of our residents for your support and cooperation as we all deal with this current health crisis.

– The media and the public are reminded that any persons arrested or charged with any offenses or crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Captain Steven Laskiewicz
Investigations Division Commander
Jackson Police Department
April 17, 2020