Man attempting to break into parked cars in Secaucus caught with loaded handgun

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A man attempting to break into parked cars in Secaucus near their high school was caught with a loaded handgun early Saturday morning, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

Christian Reyes-Martinez. Photo courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On May 8th at 1:35 a.m., Secaucus police responded to Millridge Road on a report of a suspicious person in the area attempting to gain entry into parked vehicles, Miller said in a statement.

While probing the area, Police Officer William Kosky discovered Christian Reyes-Martinez, who was in the bushes in a darkened area on the outskirts of Secaucus High School.

As Sgt. Matthew Ford and Kosky were interviewing Christian Reyes-Martinez, he had a noticeable bulge in his pants pocket. He then removed a handgun magazine from his pocket, which was loaded with fabricated handgun ammunition.

Additionally, he was found in possession of a .380 caliber handgun in his pants pocket.

The on-scene investigation revealed that Reyes-Martinez entered a resident’s sport utility
vehicle in an attempt to steal it, but was unsuccessful. He also unsuccessfully attempted to enter a second resident’s vehicle, but only created damage to the door handle.

“This is a true example of the community-police partnership that we promote. A resident saw something that didn’t look right and reported it, which directly led to the arrest of this armed burglar,” Miller added.

“I am glad another handgun was removed from the criminal element’s arsenal, without officers having to resort to the use of any force, but this arrest highlights the inherent risks officers face while performing their duties.”

Reyes-Martinez, 18, of Staten Island, New York, was charged with unlawful possession of a
handgun, possession of a “defaced” firearm, unlawful possession of a handgun on school property, unlawful possession of handgun ammunition, criminal mischief, and criminal attempt to commit burglary and theft.

He was processed and then remanded in the Hudson County Correctional Facility, authorities said.