Elkhart man meeting 'girlfriend' arrested in NJ with guns, ammo

An Elkhart resident was arrested in Brick Township New Jersey after officers found him sleeping in his car. He allegedly had multiple weapons and over 1,00 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle, according to a press release from Brick Township Police.

Police say on December 30 at 12:30 a.m., they located Antonio J. Perez asleep in his car at a baseball complex on Lanes Mill Road.

When officers made contact with Perez, they found a loaded SigSauer P226 40-caliber handgun, a loaded Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, a loaded Smith & Wesson .357-caliber handgun and a loaded WASR 10 with a 30-round magazine, according to the press release.

He also had 1,000 rounds of ammunition, a canister of pepper spray and a gas mask, according to the press release.

Detectives say Perez told them he was on his way to meet his Facebook girlfriend of 2 years, although they had never met in person.

Police say they located the woman and she was unharmed.

Perez was charged with stalking, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a rifle, possession of other weapons, possession of destructive devices, possession of certain bullets, possession of large capacity ammo magazine (2 counts), possession of a handgun, disposition of weapons, disposition of an assault firearm, possession of marijuana, and unregistered vehicle.

Bail was set by the Honorable Judge Robert Lepore at $100,000.00 with no ten percent option.

Perez was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of bail.

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