Trio arrested outside Holland Tunnel with weapons denied reduced bail
Attorneys for three Pennsylvania residents facing numerous charges after weapons were found inside a van stopped outside New York City say they will seek to have the evidence thrown out.
The attorneys for John Cramsey, of Zionsville, 53-year-old Dean Smith, of Whitehall, and 29-year-old Kimberly Arendt, of Lehighton, argued Wednesday the search that uncovered the weapons Tuesday in New Jersey was illegal.
A Hudson County judge declined to give them the option of paying 10 percent of their $75,000 cash bail.
Authorities say one of the people told investigators they were headed to Brooklyn on Tuesday to "rescue" a teenage girl.
Shortly before they were arrested, a post on Cramsey's Facebook page read, "I'm currently 11 miles outside of Brooklyn New York and going to a hotel to extract a 16 year old girl who went up there to party with a few friends...This young lady from Wilkes Barre is scared and wants to come home." Cramsey claims the teen woke up next to a person who overdosed on heroin, and even posted a photo of the girl he was trying to find.
Cramsey appears to be active in an online group called Enough is Enough, which is focused on the heroin epidemic in some parts of Pennsylvania. Cramsey's daughter died of a drug overdose earlier this year.
He is also listed on his Facebook page and LinkedIn profile as the owner of Higher Grounds Tactical, an indoor shooting range located in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. The SUV the trio was riding in was painted with the company's logo.