RAMAPO, N.Y. -- Ramapo police have arrested a 36-year-old resident of Monsey on a marijuana possession charge.
A Ramapo police officer responded to a report of a suspicious occupied van in Pomona about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to officials.
The officer was flagged down upon his arrival and advised that the van moved onto Catalina Court; The officer observed two males standing near the van, with one holding a shiny metal object that appeared to be a weapon, police report.
Upon making eye contact with the officer, the subject quickly turned, placing his hands in his sweatshirt pocket, police report.
The officer was able to take control with verbal commands, approach the subject and retrieve a long metal object, which turned out to be an attachment for a professional air compressor, according to officials.
The suspect allegedly smelled of marijuana, and the officer confiscated an open glass jar containing marijuana and a pipe, police report.
Both the man and his friend acknowledged they were about to smoke the marijuana, officials report.
The defendant was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and released on an appearance ticket, pending an April court date, according to officials.
In light of the dangerous situation that was narrowly averted, officials are urging citizens to use caution anytime they are approached by police while holding an object, especially at night when visibility is limited.
Ramapo police responded to 133 calls Tuesday, including seven medical emergencies, two fires and nine alarm activations.
Four arrests were made, officials report, including charges for suspended operation, a bench warrant and criminal mischief.
Ramapo police investigated seven property damage accidents, including two on Route 59 in Airmont, and one apiece at Orange Turnpike in Sloatsburg, Route 59 in Monsey, Route 306 in New Hempstead, Viola Road in Viola and Forshay Road in Viola.
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