PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officers responded to the Parsippany Exxon gas station, 3019 Route 46 East, for a verbal argument at 7:23 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20.
Upon arrival of responding officers, the victim advised them that he was being verbally harassed by at least one occupant of a parked 2014 Toyota Corolla while he was outside of the building getting water.
The occupant continued to verbally harass him and taunt him. The victim took a picture of the vehicle’s plate so he could document the incident. As he did so, two male occupants exited the vehicle and one of them confronted the victim.
That person was later identified as Stephen Laverty, 20, Morris Plains. Mr. Laverty began to use racial comments towards the victim and attempted to take his phone and punch him. The victim was able to avoid the punch and call 911. The victim further stated that the occupants got back into the Toyota Corolla and left the area.
As officers were searching for the vehicle, the Parsippany Police Department’s Communication Center received a phone call at 10:28 p.m. regarding a suspicious vehicle and possible drug activity. The dispatcher quickly realized it was the same vehicle from the earlier incident at the Exxon Gas Station and dispatched officers to 7-11 Convenience Store, 31 North Beverwyck Road.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the Toyota as it attempted to leave the parking lot. After a brief investigation, passengers Stephen Laverty and Antony Wyzga, 23, Lake Hiawatha, were found to be in possession of CDS. It was also confirmed that Mr. Laverty was the male who attempted to strike the victim earlier at the Exxon Gas Station. They were both transported back to police headquarters for processing. Parsippany Police Department Detectives also assisted in the investigation.
Stephen Laverty was charged with one count of Bias Intimidation in the Fourth Degree, one count of Possession of CDS in the Third Degree (Vyvanse Pills), one count of Possession of CDS on the Third Degree (Xanex Pill), one count of Under the Influence of CDS a Disorderly Persons Offense, one count of Failure to turn over CDS to Police a Disorderly Persons Offense, one count of Harassment-Striking/Offensive Touching a Petty Disorderly Persons Offense and one count of Harassment-Communication in a Manner to Cause Alarm a Petty Disorderly Persons Offense.
Antony Wyzga was charged with one count of Possession or Use of CDS in the Third Degree (Vyvanse Pills), one count of Possession of less than fifty grams of Marijuana, a Disorderly Persons Offense, one count of Under the Influence of CDS without a Prescription, a Disorderly Persons Offense, one count of Failure to turn over CDS to Police, a Disorderly Persons Offense.
Both males were transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending their first court appearance.
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