According to authorities, the 22-year-old suspect showed up to court with an uncapped hypodermic needle hidden in his pants pocket.
The suspect, who is from Denville New Jersey, was at the municipal court for a scheduled appearance to answer simple assault charges. Boonton police officers were working security at the court and noticed the suspect. They conducted a search that reportedly turned up the hypodermic needle.
When police questioned the suspect about the hypodermic needle, he allegedly told them, “These are not my pants.”
The suspect was arrested without incident. He was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6, unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe or needle is a disorderly persons offense and is therefore punishable by a sentence of up to 6 months in county jail.
The suspect’s previous charges, for simple assault, stemmed from an incident in early April. According to Boonton law enforcement, the suspect bit a woman on the wrist while they were in a parking lot at a local business.
After being charged in the hypodermic needle incident, the suspect was released on his own recognizance. He will have to return to Boonton Municipal Court at a later date to answer the new charges.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “‘These Are Not My Pants,’ Says Man Who Allegedly Had Needle on Him in Court.”