Secaucus Police Arrest New York Man With Rifles and Ammunition Following Dispute at Animal Shelter

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On Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 3:49 PM, the Secaucus Police responded to the Secaucus Animal Shelter located at 525 Meadowlands Parkway on a report of a dispute.    According to Chief Dennis Miller, it was reported that 24-year old Cordell Phillip of College Point, New York was arguing with the animal shelter volunteers over the procedure relating to turning over an injured dog to them.   It was alleged that Phillip threatened to punch one of the volunteers and threatened another volunteer by stating he had a gun.   

Police Officers stopped Phillip on Meadowlands Parkway in the vicinity of the animal shelter and he informed the police that he was in possession of a gun.  Chief Miller says Phillip was arrested and found in possession of a Keltec “Sub 2000” .40 caliber semi-automatic carbine and Panther Arms DPMS BB rifle.  A search of Phillip’s vehicle uncovered a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun magazine along with a separate “high capacity” handgun magazine. 

“I am thankful that nobody was injured in this incident and I remain hopeful that our criminal justice system prevails and the defendant will be held accountable for threatening innocent volunteers,” Chief Dennis Miller said.   

Phillip has been charged with terroristic threats, unlawful possession of handgun ammunition, possession of large capacity magazine, two counts of unlawful Possession of a weapon and two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.  Phillip is being held in the Hudson County Jail in Kearny.   These charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.