HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Numerous law enforcement agencies responded to Weston Assisted Living in Hanover Township after a report of a suspicious man that entered the building, police said.
On Thursday, October 20, at 7:27p.m., police responded to Weston Assisted Living, located at 905 Route 10, regarding a report of a suspicious male that entered the building. The property also encompasses 901 and 903 Route 10, police said.
These buildings contain approximately 200 apartments, along with administrative offices, medical facilities and spaces for leisure activity, police said.
This initial report was called in by an employee who described the male as wearing all black tactical clothing, combat boots and carrying a backpack, police said.
During these initial stages of the investigation officers made contact with additional employees of the facility and were provided the following description of the suspicious person as a white man, unshaven for about 48 hours, with dark hair, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, who was wearing a dark jacket, dark pants, military boots, a bullet proof vest and carrying a large backpack, police said.
Due to the sensitive nature of the location and the number of residents throughout the complex, additional law enforcement resources were requested to assist with a search in an attempt to locate the suspicious individual, police said.
With the assistance of the administrative personnel and facility staff for the complex, law enforcement was able to coordinate and complete a search of the interior of the buildings at 903 and 905 Route 10 and the surrounding property, police said.
This search was unsuccessful for locating anyone matching the description of the suspicious person that had been earlier reported, police said.
Additional information that was gathered by law enforcement during the investigation was compiled and analyzed. Based on this information and the physical search of the buildings not resulting in locating an individual that matched the previously described suspicious person, police said.
At this time there is no credible threat to the location or surrounding area, police said.
The investigation has been turned over to the Hanover Township Police Department Detective Bureau. Anyone that has information that may assist in identifying this individual is asked to contact the Hanover Township Police Department at 973-428-2511.
The Hanover Township Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Florham Park Police Department, Madison Police Department, East Hanover Police Department, Hanover Township Office of Emergency Management, Whippany Fire Department, Cedar Knolls Fire Department and First Aid Squad, East Hanover Office of Emergency Management, along with the New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit.