SECAUCUS – Police responded to a fight between two teenage girls near a Secaucus Elementary School Friday afternoon and two men, 18 and 20, were arrested at the scene and charged with multiple drug and weapon offenses; one was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, officials said.
According to the Secaucus Police Department, on July 24th at around 4:09 p.m., Police were dispatched to the area of 5th Street near Clarendon School on report of an altercation between juveniles. It was learned that a handgun was brandished in the area and that a girl struck another juvenile during an altercation.
An investigation at the scene unveiled evidence which prompted Police to arrest 18-year-old Sahil Ram of Secaucus for possession of suspected marijuana and ecstasy and possession of a knife and baton. He was charged with two counts of possession of CDS and two counts of possession of a weapon. Ram was processed and later released pending superior court. Ram was with one of the girls who was fighting, according to Police.
Further investigation revealed a loaded semi-automatic pistol, possessed by 20-year-old James M. Pena of Secaucus. Pena was also with one of the teenaged girls. He was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a weapon on school grounds for having a folding knife with a serrated blade, a baton, and a firearm, reports say. He is additionally facing two counts of possession of suspected marijuana and ecstasy and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Pena was then remanded to the Hudson County Jail and issued a $100,000 bail without a 10% option.
Pena was arrested in June during a report of a wanted person in Buchmuller Park. Pena was wanted for having an outstanding failure to appear warrant out of Secaucus for $360. Police discovered he had prescription legend drugs on him at the time.
Also arrested and charged with criminal mischief and simple assault was a 17-year-old girl from Newark. She was charged by the parents for hitting their 16-year-old daughter during the fight.
No major injuries were reported however, the 16-year-old reported bruising on her face and arm. No further information is available.
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