January 27, 2014

Union Township Man Arrested; Weapons, Low-grade Explosives Recovered from Home, Vehicle

A Union Township man is facing multiple charges after handguns and explosive materials were recovered from his vehicle and home, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Alfred Intrabartolo, 62, is charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, second-degree certain persons not to own firearms, and third-degree possession of a destructive device, with additional charges pending. Intrabartolo remained in custody late Monday on $250,000 cash-only bail.

An investigation into an unknown suspect setting off small, low-grade explosive devices in a neighborhood near the Route 22 corridor in Union was launched last week when residents called police to complain. A surveillance detail was set up in that area Monday when investigators spotted a man later identified as Intrabartolo allegedly toss an explosive device resembling a large firecracker out of his moving vehicle. He was subsequently arrested, and a search of his vehicle turned up a loaded .32-caliber handgun and explosive materials.

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Union County Bomb Squad, Union County HAZMAT team, Union Township Police Department, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms subsequently searched Intrabartolo’s home on Girard Place in Union Township and recovered two additional handguns, a shotgun, and additional low-grade explosive materials and gunpowder, according to the investigation. No one was injured during the investigation.

This remains an active investigation. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.