New Brunswick Man Arrested Tuesday on Aggravated Assault and Weapon Possession Charges
Suspect allegedly fired shots into the front door of a house on Hale Street
New Brunswick police have arrested a city man on charges of aggravated assault and illegal weapon posession after a bystander claimed he fired shots into the door of a Seaman Street residence.
Martin Acosta, 34, of New Brunswick, faces the following charges, according to Sgt. Mark Pappas of New Brunswick Police Department: three counts of aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, unlawful possession of a handgun, attempted burglary, resisting arrest, and obstruction of justice.
Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, police received a 911 call from a resident who claimed that a Hispanic male was walking on Remsen Avenue near Lee Avenue with a handgun.
As officers arrived on scene, Acosta reportedly turned onto Seaman Street and was pointed out by the caller as the posseser of the handgun, at which point he tried to flee, Pappas said.
Officers pursued him on Seaman Street, where he ran though a backyard, and through an alley, throwing the gun across the street. He was arrested following a brief struggle and the gun, a revolver, was seized, Pappas said.
The caller reported witnessing a shooting on Hale Street, where detectives collected evidence that matched the caller's information, Pappas said.
Additionally, footage from an exterior home surveillance camera of two shots being fired into the front door of a house in the 100 block of Hale Street was also obtained by police.
No injuries were reported, Pappas said.
The aggravated assault charges stem from discharging a weapon twice and threatening people in front of the house with a handgun, Pappas said.
Acosta was taken to Middlesex County Jail. His bail was $50,000 as of Tuesday night, Pappas said.