A Republican Township Council candidate who lost the election but said he would “light up the Mayor and Town Council” because he thought the election was stolen from him is facing a weapons charge after police found 17 large-capacity ammunition clips at his house.
David Herrera, who is 32 years old, is accused of having a big-capacity ammunition magazine, which is a fourth-degree crime.
Herrera got 6,950 votes, which made him the most popular Republican in the race for three seats on the Township Council in 2022. However, he still came in 1,700 votes short of the least popular Democrat.
He also ran unsuccessfully for an open Council spot in 2021. He got 7,281 votes, but Dinesh Patel beat him by four percentage points.
Court papers say that the FBI started looking into Herrera on February 15, when they got an unidentified tip online about a threat to shoot the city government of East Brunswick.
According to court papers, the person who gave the tip said that Herrera, a former co-worker, had threatened to “light up the Mayor and Town Council.”
What Do the Court Papers Say?
Court papers say that the person who gave Herrera the tip said that Herrera thought the election had been stolen from him.
The tip was sent to the East Brunswick Detective Bureau so that they could look into it.
After police were able to confirm certain details in the anonymous tip, they went to Herrera’s last known home on Cosgrove Court to talk to him.
Court papers say that while the officer was standing in front of the door, he saw what looked like a rifle magazine on top of a chair on the front porch and a clear bag with white and black writing that said it had been used to hold ammo. Court papers say that detectives at the scene found that the two magazines were high-capacity 25-round rifle magazines that could hold ammo for an AK-47.
When no one answered the door, the cops took the two magazines and left. They then called the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which asked Superior Court Judge Benjamin Bucca for a search warrant for Herrera’s home.
Court papers say that the police found 15 more high-capacity gun magazines, which are against the law in the state.
Herrera will be back in court on June 9 to talk to Superior Court Judge Sheree Pitchford.
Herrera did not have a job, according to his arrest record.
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