August 20, 2008
Jessie Trojaniak / Tadeusz Tertkiewicz – Two Armed Teens Calling Themselves “Modern Day Ninjas” Arrested On Weapons Charges
Clifton, New Jersey (The Weekly Vice) -- Two armed teens, dressed in black and calling themselves Ninjas, have been arrested after telling police they were on a quest to rid the area of drug dealers and users.
Jesse Trojaniak, 19, and Tadeusz Tertkiewicz, 20, have been arrested on weapons possession charges after police say they found the two teens dressed up and armed with Ninja style weapons in a quest to rid the area of drug dealers and users.
Clifton Police were investigating a suspicious vehicle around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, when they came upon a disturbing sight. Inside a the vehicle, which was parked on Route 46 in Clifton, they found two teens dressed in black that identified themselves to officers as "Ninjas".
Also inside the vehicle, police found various weaponry that included knives, swords, bows, arrows, nunchucks, Ninja throwing knives and Chinese throwing stars, according to Detective Capt. Robert Rowan of the Clifton Police Department.
Investigators say the teens told them they planned to leave letters at the front doors of individuals they had singled out as drug dealers and drug users. They also told police that they only had weapons with them as a precaution - in case they were confronted by the drug dealers they intended to deliver the letters to.
Authorities found five envelopes decorated with Chinese artwork with letters inside that warned "Shinobi will stop your cruel and sadistic intentions with justified, yet merciful force!" The letter allegedly went on to tell the dealers that they had "committed sin of passing impurity" and that the "wind guides us to those of impure hearts and intent."
"Their intentions may have been good," said Capt. Rowen. "but we tell everyone that they shouldn't take the law into their own hands because it will cause more problems for everyone in the long run."
While both teens were charged with weapons possession charges, Tertkiewicz received an additional charge of harassment, reportedly due to a letter that had already been delivered to his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend.
Trojaniak was released with a promise to appear on the charge, however Tertkiewicz was booked into the Passaic County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Doesn't their age pretty much put them in diapers right around the time the Teenage Ninja Turtle Movies were coming out? I think we pretty much had this coming. It was just a matter of time.
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