Man charged for putting gun to cop’s head, pulling trigger facing more charges in Wildwood


WILDWOOD, NJ – A man who put a gun to a Whitemarsh police officer and pulled the trigger three times is facing more charges, this time in North Wildwood.

A few days before Reynaldo Figueroa-Ardon decided to put the gun to the officer’s head, he was captured by North Wildwood police officers breaking into vehicles there.

In the old days, he would have been arrested and booked, but with New Jersey’s bail reform laws, there’s no point, so the police just issued him a summons for this act.

The Wildwood Police Department issued the following release:

On Monday, March 8, 2021, at approximately 12:11 pm, North Wildwood Police responded to the area of 500 W. 26th Avenue regarding a suspicious motor vehicle that was occupied. Upon the officer’s arrival, the suspicious vehicle was located but was unoccupied. A check of the vehicle’s registration revealed that it was stolen out of Vineland, NJ at approximately 6:30 am the same morning.

Several homeowners along the 500 W. Block of 26th Avenue gave a description of the accused and stated he recently left the area on foot prior to police arrival. Shortly after, officers observed the accused, later to be identified as Reynaldo Figueroa-Ardon, walking west along the 300 W. block of 26th Avenue. Further investigation revealed Figueroa-Ardon had the keys to the stolen vehicle and had been in possession of it.

Reynaldo Figueroa-Ardon, 20, from Vineland, NJ was arrested and charged with 3rd degree Receiving Stolen Property. Figueroa-Ardon was processed and placed on a summons in accordance with State of New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform guidelines. Troopers from New Jersey State Police-Port Norris Station contacted North Wildwood Police while Figueroa-Ardon was being booked and took custody of him at police headquarters to process him for an incident that took place in their jurisdiction same day.

According to a press release by the Montgomery County (PA) District Attorney’s Office, Whitemarsh Twp. (PA) Police arrested Figueroa-Ardon for Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer and related charges after he put a gun to a Whitemarsh Township police officer’s head and pulled the trigger on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, less than two days after his arrest in North Wildwood.

The officer in question, Officer Matthew Stadulis, started his career with the North Wildwood Police Department as a Class II officer in 2006 and 2007 before being hired by the Whitemarsh Twp. Police Department.

“The North Wildwood Police Department is proud to have Officer Stadulis as part of our alumni and are thankful that he was able to return to his family after this incident,” the department said. “Figueroa-Ardon is only charged with the above-mentioned offenses and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

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