SWAT Team, Police Seize Man With Gun At Route 46 Motel

Elmwood Park police backed by a SWAT team seized a former Marine from Somerset County who they said had a gun tucked in his waistband at a Route 46 motel Wednesday morning.

Ronnie Shertel
Ronnie Shertel Photo Credit: COURTESY: Bergen County Sheriff

A 9 a.m. caller told police that a man had a gun at the Red Carpet Motel on Route 46, Police Chief Michael Foligno said.

Borough police responded with a Bergen County Regional SWAT team and county sheriff's officers and established a perimeter, Foligno said.

A room where the man was believed to be was cleared, along with an adjoining room, the chief said.

Video surveillance showed the suspect --identified as Ronnie Shertel, 37, of Hillsborough -- him in another room "walking around carrying [the gun] in his waistband," Foligno said.

Police convinced Shertel to come out, then took him into custody.

A search of the room turned up a .380-caliber Lorcin, the chief said.

Shertel -- who records show has a criminal history in Bergen, Somerset and Passaic counties -- was charged with two weapons offenses.

He was later released because of the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said.

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