It was his behavior that caught the attention of police, but his loaded .32 caliber 6-shot revolver on top of being a convicted felon, that has a New Jersey man in jail right now.

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Lamont Nelson, 26, Newark was walking along a sidewalk in the city on October 8, 2020, and police watching said he appeared nervous.

Then allegedly touched a black bag on his shoulder.

Then police saw the handle of a firearm inside of that very bag.

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig, who made the arrest announcement Wednesday, said that police found a Colt model Pocket Positive .32 Caliber 6-shot revolver, bearing serial number 81259, loaded with six (6) rounds of .32 caliber ammunition from the bag.

Further investigation revealed that Nelson is in fact a convicted felon, who is not allowed to posses any kind of firearm under federal law.

Nelson is charged by complaint with one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and now faces a possible maximum 10 years in prison as well as a fine of up to $250,000.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig said special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Toby C. Taylor; and detectives of the Newark Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara aside inthe investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexandra Tsakopoulos Saker and Edeli Rivera of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s OCDETF Unit.

Defense Counsel: Laura Sayler, Assistance Federal Public Defender, Newark.

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