WAYNE, N.J. -- Cool under pressure prevented a serious incident after Wayne police said they spotted what looked like a black semi-automatic gun in a passenger's lap in a remotely-parked car on the overhead deck at the Willowbrook Mall.
Alexander Imbert, 18, of Pompton Plains "began moving around and the suspected weapon fell on the floor of the vehicle out of view" around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Capt. Laurence Martin said.
Officers Michael Polifrone and David Hoppe moved in, weapons drawn, and got Imbert out of the car -- along with three other occupants, two of them juveniles, Martin said Thursday morning.
Joined by Officer John Culic, they found a bag of marijuana in the center console, he said.
They also found a replica Sig Sauer P226 airsoft gun with the orange tip removed, the captain said.
Imbert was charged with marijuana and weapons possession and released pending a court hearing, he said.
The other adult was released without charges, Martin said, adding that the juveniles were turned over to family members.
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