Lakewood, NJ – Police arrested an armed man who was trying to sell guns at a self-service car wash on Tuesday (video below).
The incident began at about 4 p.m. on Dec. 31 after Lakewood Township police received a report about an armed man approaching customers at the Self Service Car Wash located at the corner of Ocean and Park Avenues, WKXW reported.
Lakewood Township Police Chief Gregory Meyer said that witnesses told police that the man – later identified as 47-year-old Arturo Cuahutle-Flores – had showed off several handguns that were tucked into his waistband and offered to sell them, according to the Lakewood Patch.
Chief Meyer said that Lakewood Township Police Sergeant Chase Messer and Officers Justin Burkhardt and Tymur Zavalnyuk arrived on the scene and tried to approach the suspect.
The police chief said that Cuahutle-Flores "became noncompliant and evasive" and that the officers used "immediate, necessary force to subdue the suspect," the Lakewood Patch reported.
A cell phone video of the arrest that was taken by The Lakewood Scoop has gone viral on social media.
The video began with an officer taking a running kick at the suspect, which knocked Cuahutle-Flores to the ground.
Another officer jumped in to help the first one handcuff the downed man while another officer kept his weapon drawn and pointed in the direction of the suspect, the video showed.
The video showed police pulling items, which included several guns and a knife, out of the man’s waistband and moving them outside of his reach.
Cuahutle-Flores was transported to Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus for treatment and then charged with four counts of unlawful possession of weapon and four counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, the Lakewood Patch reported.
Chief Meyer said additional charges were pending.
Watch video of the arrest here below: