The Toms River man found wearing body armor at the scene of a single-car crash in Mantoloking last month along with an AR-15 and several guns has now been taken into federal custody to answer for the incident.

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced Tuesday that Jeremy W. Barringer, 46, has been charged by criminal complaint with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Barringer is a previously convicted sex offender.

On October 24, a Mantoloking Police Officer responded to the 1200 block of Ocean Avenue and found Barringer wearing the armor but also in possession of guns and bullets.

  • A loaded AR-15 rifle.
  • Three high capacity magazines with hollow point bullets.
  • One loaded 9mm handgun with additional magazines loaded with hollow point rounds and a holster.

The rifle had about 21 rounds of 5.56-millimeter full metal jacket ammo, according to Attorney Honig, and he had an empty holster on his hip along with a black 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol officers determined to be a ghost gun which had 14 rounds of hollow-point ammo, and three 30-round rifle magazines with 5.56-millimeter ammo.

Bay Head Police responded to the scene as well and after the on-scene investigation, Barringer was arrested and charged on a variety of offenses and brought to the Ocean County Jail.

On Tuesday November 16, he was taken into federal custody and appeared virtually in court and was once again detained.

Following his court appearance this week and upcoming sentencing, Barringer is facing a max sentenced of 10-years in prison and would have to pay a $250,000 fine.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ian D. Brater of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

Defense counsel: Andrea D. Bergman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton.

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