Traffic stop leads to illegal gun, hollow point ammo and a ballistic vest


LAKEHURST, NJ – On September 9, 2021, Officer Gavin Cecchini was on patrol during a traffic enforcement detail along with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit. At approximately 8:29 PM, PO Cecchini conducted a motor vehicle stop of a vehicle that was driving erratically. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jonathan T. Cutler. An on-scene investigation led to the seizure of a 9mm handgun concealed in Cutler’s waistband, in which officers were able to place him under arrest without incident.

An additional 9mm handgun, as well as a ballistic vest/body armor, were also discovered inside Cutler’s vehicle. Both handguns were also fully loaded with hollow-point ammunition. Cutler was charged with the following criminal and motor vehicle offenses: (2 counts) Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine, (2 counts) Certain Person not to Possess a Firearm, Disorderly Person, Reckless Driving, Failure to signal, Open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and Window tint.

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Cutler was ultimately remanded to the Ocean County Jail. Assisting on scene was Lt. Iain James.