A second attempt to jail a sovereign citizen found in Newton with a loaded handgun was unsuccessful Monday despite new evidence showing officers were at even greater risk during the traffic stop than originally disclosed.
Edwin Roman, 36, of Bristol, Conn., was stopped on Dec. 14 by Newton police for a broken headlight and subsequently arrested after he was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun in a holster, located in his pants, police said.
During a pre-trial detention hearing just days after Roman’s arrest, a judge released him under certain conditions. However, during a presentation of Roman’s case in front of a Sussex County grand jury two weeks ago, the initial officer on-scene, Newton Officer Jose Morales, provided additional details Assistant Prosecutor Jerome Neidhardt said he was unaware of.
The new information led Neidhardt to file a motion to re-open Roman’s pre-trial detention hearing, which was granted by Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Critchley Monday.
You can read the full report from the New Jersey Herald here.
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