Nov. 7, 2019 By Allie Griffin
A large armored truck operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was spotted in Ridgewood Wednesday morning, spooking residents who thought it could be related to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.
The military-style truck called a “BearCat” was captured in a photo, along with officers in Homeland Security uniforms and assault rifles, on Forest Avenue near Norman Street and was submitted to NY1.
However, the arrest was not an immigration operation, a spokesperson for Homeland Security Investigations said.
Homeland Security Investigations’ Special Response Team, similar to a local SWAT team, used the heavily-armored vehicle to make a “high risk” criminal arrest. Details of the arrest were not revealed.
The suspect was taken into custody and is currently pending prosecution in federal court.
This happened this morning in Ridgewood. HSI, which is a part of ICE, was on Forest Ave between Summerfield St & Norman St. If you have any information, please let us know and NEVER open your door to ICE.https://t.co/ekZqmNrvaD pic.twitter.com/MMRpE34N8O
— Ridgewood Tenants Union (@RidgewdTenantsU) November 7, 2019
OMG Mac, Putin got you?! you speak Russian now and eat bliny with caviar?
The suspect in question was believed to be armed and dangerous and had a stockpile of weapons…this was an appropriate response by law enforcement to protect the public…Thank you federal government
That’s an ugly picture and a sad day for our country.
Thank u ICE !! . Thank u
@Donna- You don’t need guns or military might to take over a population of under educated fools. Just ask Putin he got America without firing a shot.
The NYPD will take care of any & all criminal activity just fine.
Get con-man Trump’s gestapo-force off our streets.
ICE out of our neighborhoods!
What role models do we provide for the children of this world? Teaching them that you don’t have to respect the law will only encourage them to break laws in the future. Come on ladies and gents and put on your big girl and big boy pants and teach them to respect the law. Teach them to have respect for life. It appears it has been lost in the last decade.
The law says you don’t gave to open your door less they have a warrant signed by a judge. They must abide by the law by having such a warrant.
Our streets are looking like communist Russia with tanks and armed police waiting for orders to step on the throats of those who dont obey! This is conditioning folks to get used to the idea. Until they confiscate all guns, they will plan accordingly.
They’re nothing but cowards who got to play soldier for the day. Those vehicles should not be allowed in the city.
If ICE wants you, they ll grab you.
If you are a law abiding citizen you should always cooperate with law enforcement…if you are a criminal and disregard the law you should never cooperate with law enforcement