A gun shop owner heading to New York City to rescue a heroin-addicted teen from a drug den was arrested with two companions at the Holland Tunnel after a police officer stopped his truck for a cracked windshield and found a cache of weapons and ammunition.
The traffic stop occurred on the New Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, the Port Authority police say. It is not yet clear what charges Cramsey and the two others could face. His Enough Is Enough partner said on Facebook that Cramsey is in custody and charges are expected to be filed.
The other two people arrested have been identified as Dean Smith, 53, and Kimberly Arendt, 29.
Cramsey, 50, is the owner of Higher Ground Tactical in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Was Trying to Rescue a 16-Year-Old Who Was Scared After Her Friend Died of an Overdose
John Cramsey posted on Facebook about his mission just about 30 minutes before he was arrested, saying he was 11 miles away from the Queens hotel where he planned to rescue a 16-year-old Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania-area girl. He said the girl had gone to the hotel for a party with friends.
“One of those friends she went up there with will not be returning,” Cramsey wrote. “Last night she woke to find her friends body next to her in the same bed were her friend died of another heroin overdose. … I’m bringing her out of NY today and anybody else in that hotel that wants to go home too.”
On Tuesday, Cramsey was stopped by Port Authority police before he reached Brooklyn.
“Astute Port Authority Police work led to the stoppage of a vehicle on the New Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel this morning, leading to the arrest of three individuals from the state of Pennsylvania on a variety of charges related to illegal possession of guns and ammunition,” according to a statement from Joe Pentangelo, a Port Authority Police spokesman. “At this time, the investigation is continuing, but the agency does not believe the incident is terrorism-related.”
Police said the girl was found in Queens, but told police she didn’t need to be rescued. Cramsey had said in Facebook posts that he had been contacted by her mother.
2. Cramsey Has Made Similar Rescues in Recent Months
Cramsey has posted on Facebook about similar rescues in the past. He wrote about one on June 9:
Who feels like Kickin Some ASS this morning ?
I have a young lady in her early 20’s that skipped out of a Court Ordered Rehab in East Stroudsburg and found her way back to Allentown with another young lady from Philadelphia.
These girls were literally taken out of the Super 8 Motel on Airport Road in Allentown.
The young Lady from Philadelphia was not Court stipulated as a mandatory rehab and she has been returned to her home in Philadelphia in the late hours last night.
The other young lady is currently back out on the streets after getting out in the middle of the night and the Mother believes that she is right back at the same hotel again.
I am gearing up and going over there to get this girl out of the grasp of the demons that hold her but this place is infested with the Demons that sell this crap and trap our kids Souls forever.
I Plan on making a statement here people.
This is NOT Acceptable on my watch.
Not with my kids.
Not in my Town.
Say it Loud …
Say it PROUD !
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !
He posted another story along with photos showing him in his truck with a rifle:
On June 12, he wrote, “Who else out there is ready to show these Dealers of Death that we are Madder than HELL and we’re NOT GUNNA TAKE IT NO MORE ! … Enjoy your Day F**kers….. Cause I’m about to F**k UP Your Night ! Me and who’s Army ? Y’all just Stay Tuned and I’ll Introduce you to them later on.”
He also posted on June 10 that he had heard there was a bounty on his head:
Cramsey has also held rallies to speak out against the dangers of drug use, according to his Facebook page.