Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Neptune Man Facing Assault, Weapons Charges After Bail Bondsman Turns Him In

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ASBURY PARK — A 26-year-old man is facing weapons charges in the city after he was arrested by Ocean Township police for allegedly failing to pay fines, police said.

Just before 5 p.m. last Thursday, Lawrence Brown, of Neptune, was turned in at the Ocean Township police headquarters by his bail bonds company after he failed to pay a loitering fine from Feb. 20, according to Ocean Township Lt. Steven Peters.

"Brown was arrested for hindering his own apprehension when he gave a false name during a motor vehicle stop, but a judge amended the charge to loitering," Peters said. "He never paid the fine."

The Ocean Township warrant for his arrest was issued Aug. 25, according to Peters. On Thursday, he was held on $1,078 bail, which he was unable to pay.

Asbury Park police also had a warrant out for Brown's arrest. When they learned Brown was arrested in Ocean Township, they charged him with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

On Aug. 26, at about 1:23 a.m., Brown approached a Saturn parked near 400 Ridge Ave. in Asbury Park, which had a 17-year-old girl inside, and smacked a handgun against the window of the car, according to city Detective Lt. Mary Bulsiewicz.

The girl, whose name is not being released because she is a minor, got scared and reversed the car into a tree before shifting into drive and speeding past Brown, Bulsiewicz said.

The girl flagged down a police officer, who was around the corner at Ridge and Washington avenues, and reported the incident, according to Bulsiewicz. She identified Brown by photographs.

Brown was taken to Monmouth County Jail, Freehold Township, where he is being held on bail set at $100,000.

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