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Feds Charge Elizabeth Man with Threatening to Shoot Two People, Weapon Possession


An Elizabeth man made his initial appearance on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Federal authorities said Mr. Miguel Aviles, aka “Ricardo Bermudez,” 47, is charged by complaint with possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony.  

Aviles initially appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court on Dec. 13, and was detained without bond.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Aug. 27, two victims reported to Elizabeth Police that Aviles had pointed a gun at them, threatened to shoot them, and then fired the weapon, all inside the victims’ residence.

Two other occupants of the residence confirmed hearing the shot.

The charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews, and the Elizabeth Police Department with the investigation leading to the charge.