17-Year-Old Philadelphia Male Charged With Possession Of Two Untraceable Handguns And Large Capacity Magazine In Lawrence Township

May 1, 2023

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Police say that on May 1, 2023, at approximately 1:00 p.m., the Lawrence Township Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Brunswick Pike (area of Haveson Ave.) for a report of several juveniles loitering in the area. One of the juveniles was reported to have displayed a handgun.

It was quickly determined that the group of juveniles had entered a nearby home and became somewhat uncooperative with police. Parents / guardians of the juveniles, including the homeowner, were contacted and arrived on-scene.  As the result of a thorough on-scene investigation two handguns were recovered, including a large capacity magazine.

A 17-year-old juvenile male from Philadelphia, PA was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon (2nd degree), 2 counts of an untraceable firearm (2nd degree) and possession of a large capacity magazine (4th degree).  The arrested juvenile was lodged at Middlesex County Youth Detention Center pending a court hearing.

Any additional information regarding this investigation can be forwarded to Detective Way at pway@lawrencetwp.com / Officer Tara at atara@lawrencetwp.com or 609-896-1111.