READINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A Massachusetts man is facing weapon charges after police find a stolen gun during a traffic stop Sunday morning.
Maliek Anderson, 45, of Dorchester was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, and receiving stolen property.
At 1:15 p.m., Patrolman Jason Phares stopped a vehicle on County Route 523 near Barley Sheaf Road for being unregistered, police said.
During the course of the stop, it was determined that the driver was operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, police said.
A search of the vehicle police allegedly found a Taurus .45 handgun. The pistol was reportedly stolen from a North Carolina residence earlier this year, police said.
A passenger of the vehicle, Fatima Singletary, 35, of Mattapan MA was charged hindering apprehension and released on a summons.
Anderson was turned over to the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Department where he was then lodged in the Somerset County Jail.