Prosecutor: Passenger In Somerset Traffic Stop Had Handgun Loaded With 10 Rounds In Magazine

A routine traffic stop in Somerset County turned up a loaded handgun, authorities said Tuesday.

Donte Dowdell
Donte Dowdell Photo Credit: Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

Law enforcement officers were conducting a "quality of life" investigation on Millstone Road in Franklin Township, when they pulled over a vehicle on Spruce Street around 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said.

Donte Dowdell, a rear seat passenger in the car, was found with a 9 mm Ruger P95 in the pocket of his jacket, Robertson said alongside other top officials.

The gun was loaded with 10 rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber, Robertson said.

Dowdell, 25, of Somerset, was charged with second degree certain persons not to possess weapons, and lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100, or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app. 

The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). 

All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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