Somerset County authorities announced the arrest of Mr. Nasiir East, 23, Wright Place, New Brunswick.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Thursday, May 20, at approximately 8:46 p.m. members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force Street Crimes Unit along with members of the Franklin Township Police Department were conducting a “Quality of Life” investigation in the area of Somerset Street and Millstone Road.
During the course of this investigation, officials said Task Force detectives attempted to conduct a field interview with defendant Nasiir East in the area of Somerset Street.
Upon defendant East observing Task Force detectives he fled on foot. Following a brief foot pursuit, defendant East was detained without incident. The investigation revealed that defendant East was armed with a firearm. A searchincident to arrest of defendant East revealed a loaded Taurus G2C semi-automatic 9mm handgun with a large capacity magazine in his waistband.
The large capacity magazine contained eleven hollow point rounds with 1 hollow point round in the chamber.
Defendant East was charged with 2nd Degree Possession of a Handgun, 4th Degree Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine, 4th Degree Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition and a Disorderly Persons Offense for Obstruction by Flight.
Defendant East was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director Spruillrequest anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533