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Posted at 10:26 PM ET, 01/25/2010

Reston man arrested on weapons charges in N.J.

By Erica Johnston

The Associated Press is reporting that authorities in New Jersey have arrested a Virginia man on weapons charges after he fled from officers responding to a suspicious-person report early Monday.

Wayne Forrest, the prosecutor in Somerset County, in central New Jersey, said Lloyd Woodson, 43, of Reston was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a semiautomatic rifle concealed under his jacket when officers encountered him at a convenence store in Branchburg shortly before 4 a.m.

He fled to a nearby trailer park, where he was arrested.

Forrest said a search of the Branchburg motel room where Woodson was staying turned up additional weapons;, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, including hollow-point bullets; a night-vision scope; police scanner and a map of a military installation.

The Star-Ledger reported that the federal government’s Joint Terrorism Task Force joined the investigation. The newspaper also said that Forrest declined to identify the military base depicted on Woodson’s maps.

By Erica Johnston  | January 25, 2010; 10:26 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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