Cops bust ‘pop-up’ party at vacant N.J. commercial property
Wayne police broke up a ‘pop-up’ party at a vacant commercial building late Saturday that was expected to draw as many as 500 people.
Cops learned of the planned party while monitoring social media during the afternoon and set up surveillance near the property, which is in the area of the Willowbrook Mall, Wayne police said in a statement.
Police officers watched dozens of people enter the building illegally through doors that had previously been forced open before deciding to put an end to the gathering, authorities said.
Officers detained 47 people and found “substantial” damage to the building, including directional signs spray painted on walls to direct partygoers.
One man — Alejandro Perea Torres, 20, of East Orange — had a warrant out for his arrest for robbery and was taken into custody. The others were identified and released with charges pending.
The property manager boarded up the building and police will check it frequently to prevent a repeat occurrence.
Little Falls and Fairfield police assisted.
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