Dayton Man Found With Knife in Parking Lot of Vo-Tech

James Prendergast was found with a knife in his pocket, police said, but at no time did threaten or attempt to use it.

A 24-year-old man from Dayton, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and disorderly conduct after police found him with a knife in his pocket at the parking lot of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School in East Brunswick, Friday, Jan. 21, at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The man, James Prendergast, is a former student at the school and was allegedly seen putting the knife it into his pocket after getting out of his car, police said. Patrolman Kevin Bolch, who was working a security detail at the school, spoke to Prendergast and subsequently took him into custody after finding the knife in his pocket, police said.

According to police, at no time did Prendergast threaten or attempt to use the knife. Prendergast did not exhibit the knife to anyone or remove it form his pocket. No additional weapons were found on Prendergast or in his vehicle.

Prendergast was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and disorderly conduct and is being held Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000.00 bail. 

Gene McCarty January 13, 2013 at 02:08 PM
SERIOUSLY??!! Held in the Workhouse w/ $5000.00 bail for having a pocket knife???
Mr. Patch January 13, 2013 at 04:25 PM
This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life. Figures though, its freakin' NJ.
Parent and Teacher January 13, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Do I need to point out that he was at a SCHOOL?
Eyeballs January 13, 2013 at 11:41 PM
I can't see anything this kid did wrong, at least according to the story. It sounds like a do-gooder saw him put a knife in his pocket. He didn't threaten anyone - didn't even take it out of his pocket. Maybe he did something that isn't in the story but, if not, it's an example of our over-regulated nanny state. Remember when you were a kid and had a Swiss Army Knife? Those were normal times.
Lawrence January 15, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I can see MAYBE confiscating the knife and sending the kid away, but to lock him up and charge him for criminal possession when there was no threat indicated? Welcome to the Democratic People's Republik of New Jersey.
catherine January 17, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Yet another level showing the ridiculousness and uselessness of the police force in this town...So now we can't even have a Swiss Army pocket knife on us? Americans wake up and realize that your rights are being taken away. You either go underboard or overboard with doing things, never in the center, and the world is watching and laughing!
catherine January 17, 2013 at 02:26 AM
AND? Do you not realize that someone can injure or even kill you with their bare hands..that is also a weapon. C'mon teacher, open your mind a little!
catherine January 17, 2013 at 02:28 AM
This is just like that article that I read a few months ago where a child was suspended from school after they found a plastic knife on him. The levels of ignorance just leave me breathless and speechless....
catherine January 17, 2013 at 02:30 AM
By the way parent and teacher, some of those guys at Vo-tech are pretty tough cookies and can defend themselves. I know this for a fact, a good friend of mine of 30 years went there himself, and is no pansy.
catherine January 17, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Because of imbeciles who will make a big deal out of harmless incidents like this one, rights will be taken away from people who could use a bit of protection for themselves..those who are not strong enough or capable enough to protect themselves. As a woman, I welcome the fact if I can carry a knife with me to simply peel an apple, tighten a screw, or even protect myself with if need be!
catherine January 17, 2013 at 02:34 AM
I have had my Swiss Army Knife with me for 20 years, so come and arrest me!
Jerry Avins March 01, 2013 at 11:03 PM
How big is his knife? I regularly carry both a folding food knife with w 3.5" blade and a utility knife (Swiss Army or Kamp King) with a somewhat shorter blade. I asked the South Brunswick Police if there was any restriction on my carrying them. They told me that knives are not allowed in the County courts, but mine were permitted around town. (My sheath knife, an inch longer, is considered to be a weapon.)


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