YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: For a split second, Maywood police didn’t know what a 19-year-old Hackensack man who had the butt of a gun sticking out of his waistband was doing last night when he tried to adjust his falling shorts.
He then raised his hands and complied with the officers’ orders to hit the ground, Police Chief David Pegg told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.
Responding to the call just before 9 p.m. of a man flashing a gun in Memorial Park, Officers Walter Moussou and Christopher Nichols spotted Joshua Dubose riding away on a bicycle, Pegg said.
The officers stopped Dubose and ordered him off the bicycle — then spotted the gun butt and told him to raise his hands, the chief said.
Instead, Dubose “put his hands down by his waist to adjust his falling down shorts, then raised his hands and complied with their orders to lay on the ground,” he said.
Dubose also had another replica weapon in his waistband in addition to the pellet gun, the chief said.
The situation “could have gone bad very quickly,” Pegg said. “Although the barrel of the weapon is clear plastic, it was fully concealed in the waistband.
“With him reaching to fix his drooping pants, a different outcome could have been seconds away,” the chief said. “The officers, with their weapons drawn, used extreme caution and great restraint.”
Dubose remained held this afternoon on $5,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.
MUGSHOT/PHOTO: Courtesy MAYWOOD PD
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