Jersey City man sings love songs to wife on phone then threatens her in person with fake gun, officials said


JERSEY CITY – A Jersey City man was arrested Sunday after allegedly threatening his wife with a black handgun in her home which was later discovered to be an imitation firearm, according to officials.

On March 8th at around 12:24 a.m., Officers Carriere and Balbosa responded to Randolph Ave. on report of a domestic and man with a gun. Officers observed the male that fit the description who was identified as Desmond Burno, 42, from Randolph Ave. in Jersey City.

According to police reports, the victim told police that Burno repeatedly called her phone between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. singing love songs. Minutes later Burno entered the apartment and entered the victims room while she was only wearing her undergarments. He proceeded to display a black handgun and told the victim, “we need to talk or else,” according to police reports. The victim told police that someone who lives in the house left the front door unlocked and that is how Burno unlawfully entered the apartment. At this point, the victim believed that the handgun posed a threat to her life. The victim was able to get dressed and while doing so Burno was distracted so the victim was able to call police. The victim did not sustain any injuries and refused medical attention.

When the victim called police she informed them that the Burno hid the gun inside of his white vehicle that was double parked on the corner of Mcdougall and Randolph, according to police reports. Officers Yanni and Esparra located a white Lincoln with the passenger door wide open and a handgun in plain view on the vehicle’s floor behind the driver seat. The weapon was recovered and the keys for the vehicle were recovered from Burno’s sweat pant pocket.

Burno was charged with burglary, 2 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, terrorist threats, endangering welfare of children, and unlawful possession of imitation firearm. A temporary restraining order filed against Burno was granted.