'Vigilante' dad caught with weapons at Holland Tunnel planned to rescue girl
Every day in America, 40 people fatally overdose on opioids, prescription painkillers and heroin. John Cramsey wanted this to end.
He apparently was on a mission to rescue one young addict when he was caught with an arsenal of weapons and ammunition in his truck at the Holland Tunnel Tuesday. He never completed his journey from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley to New York City, the heroin hub of the northeast.
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Heroin is what killed Cramsey's daughter Alexandria, known as Lexi, four months ago, and her father would soon be speaking tearfully at town hall meetings near the Allentown area about this drug scourge.
Early on Tuesday morning, Cramsey and his two friends, Dean Smith and Kim Arendt, were headed to a hotel on Stuyvesant Avenue in Brooklyn because they received information that another young woman, much like his daughter, fatally overdosed there on Monday night. A 16-year-old from Wilkes-Barre, Penn., reportedly texted Kim Arendt that a 19-year-old woman had died in the bed next to her at 184 Stuyvesant Ave.
When the group was stopped at the Holland Tunnel, on the New Jersey side, the police found a box of ammo in the car that read "shoot your local heroin dealer," along with an assault rifle and 2,000 rounds of ammunition. Police also found a marijuana pipe and three prescription drug pills, even though none of the occupants had a prescription in their name.
When Arendt told Cramsey about the 16-year-old's text, he immediately jumped into action.
Just that morning, at 1:08 a.m., Cramsey had written on Facebook a tortured tribute to his daughter on the four-month anniversary of her death.
In the post he said, "I have been fighting the Demon that stole you from me with everything I got... How can one person possibly cry so much without just drying up the tear ducts forever ?... I will Fight On for You my beautiful baby girl... And everyone else's child too... As long as my Guardian Angel is by my side and God is behind me. I miss you so much Lexii."
Many people have sympathized with Cramsey's situation. Supporters of his cause were trying to raise a part of the $75,000 bail imposed on Cramsey and his fellow crusaders.
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Cramsey has been denied a bail reduction, and currently he, Arendt and Smith are in the Hudson Country Correctional Center waiting for their next court date. They are facing charges of unlawful possession of an assault rifle, a handgun and a shotgun, possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines, transportation of an assault rifle and transportation of high-capacity magazines.
People close to Cramsey back home in Pennsylvania think that he is getting unfair and negative publicity.
"John has been working really hard to help local addicts," a neighbor said.