NJ State Police Arrest Vineland Man for Threatening Corrections Police Officer

Commercial Township - New Jersey State Police officers, arrested Mr. Eric Winter, 48, of Vineland after he allegedly threatened a corrections officer with a knife on Monday.

According to a statement released by State Police officials, at 5:25 p.m., Trooper Anthony Maruca was dispatched to the report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Ackley Road and Whitehead Road in Commercial Township, Cumberland County.

Officials say when he arrived in the area, an off-duty corrections officer told Tpr. Maruca that he observed a man slumped over inside his vehicle and knocked on the window to see if he needed help.

When Winter noticed the corrections officer, he exited his vehicle brandishing a knife as he approached the officer before eventually fleeing, according to officials.

Trooper Maruca searched the area and was able to locate and stop the vehicle. While speaking with Winter, he determined that he was under the influence of alcohol.

Official say a further investigation revealed that Winter was in illegal possession of a shotgun and rifle.

Police charged Winter with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and driving under the influence. He was lodged in Cumberland County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

Charges are mere accusations and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.