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17-Year-Old from Newark Arrested for Weapons Possession, Resisting Arrest During Motor Vehicle Stop


The Paramus Police Department announces the arrest of a juvenile, a 17-year-old male of Newark, for possession of a handgun and resisting arrest.

According to police, on Monday, April 18, at approximately 5:12 p.m., Paramus Police Officer Michael Mordaga observed a 2019 Acura TLX, color white, with extremely tinted side windows and a heavily tinted windshield. 

Police officials said that Officer Mordaga conducted a motor vehicle stop for the violations on Paramus Road in the area of the GS Parkway. 

At that time, Paramus Police Sergeant Keith Bland assisted him. The car was occupied by three 17-year-old males. 

According to police, Officer Mordaga determined that none of the occupants of the car possessed a driver’s license or knew who the car belonged to. Officer Mordaga instructed the passengers to exit the vehicle. 

Police said that when the rear seat passenger exited the vehicle, Mordaga observed that he had a handgun stuck in his pants.  

At that time, the suspect attempted to flee on foot. Mordaga was able to apprehend the suspect after a brief struggle. 

Police said that a fully loaded Glock 43x handgun was recovered from the suspect.

According to police, a search of the vehicle revealed additional magazines for the Glock handgun.

The passenger with the handgun was placed under arrest and transported to Paramus Police Headquarters, where he was processed. 

He was later remanded to the Bergen County Juvenile Detention Center. The other two juveniles were released from Police Headquarters without charges.  

The 17-year-old juvenile was charged as a juvenile on April 18 with Possession of a Handgun for Unlawful Purpose and Resisting Arrest.