Friday, December 28, 2012

Police arrest man with rifle parked outside Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR), Newark, New Jersey

NEWARK — A 21-year-old man who police say was parked outside of the airport with an unlicensed rifle, was arrested and charged today, authorities said.

Around 10:45 a.m. a Port Authority police officer was patrolling the arrivals area around Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport when he saw a man in the parking lot with a rifle lying on the front passenger seat, a spokesperson for the Port Authority said.

The man, identified as David Rothe, said he was a hunter on his way to pick up his girlfriend at the airport but police said Rothe didn't have a permit or right to carry a weapon in the state. The gun was not loaded.

Police searched the vehicle and found no other contraband.

Rothe was arrested on site and charged with possession of a weapon.

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