Multiple unrelated investigations and charges are causing havoc in Lakewood New Jersey this week. They include an FBI raid on an industrial park that is reported to have a potentially illegal stash of respirators (they were confiscated).
Tragically, Lakewood Township is in the middle of a cluster triangle of COVID-19 infection. Lakewood has 1,403 infections, Toms River has 901 infections and Brick has 677 infections. This infection cluster now totals 2,981 as of Wednesday, April 22.
Law enforcement continues to have resources stretched by violations in Lakewood due to violations of Governor Murphy’s Executive orders.
The violations include weddings plans allegedly sanctioned by Mayor Ray Coles, an Ocean County Prosecutor and publicized by local Rabbi Aaron Kotler. They quickly ended further activity Attorney General Grewal and Governor Phil Murphy called it out. Grewal and Murphy rejected the concept to host gatherings at a closed catering hall as an illegal gathering.
Now, according to a video released today by a local activist, the FBI descended on a location in Lakewood.
While the cause of the raid is unknown at this time, Boxes containing critically needed respirators are reported to be confiscated from the site called Deco Tile at 1980 Swarthmore Avenue in Lakewood, New Jersey. More details expected from the FBI on what appears to be a major raid in town.
The subsequent police investigation into the shooting resulted in authorities filing charges against the 23-year-old Paterson man for allegedly violating the governor’s coronavirus emergency orders, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
Authorities say the shooting took place at Sanders’ recording studio at a warehouse on Grand Street, which they say was operating in violation of the shutdown order for nonessential businesses.
Two other Paterson men, ages 22 and 27, suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds in the incident, which happened April 18 at 12:28 a.m., authorities said. The victims’ names have not been made public, nor have authorities revealed circumstances of the shooting.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office said violations of the COVID-19 emergency orders constitute a disorderly persons offense and carry a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.