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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jersey Shore: Reston Man Takes His Weapons Cache to the Garden State; Does Not Take Out 'The Situation'

branchburg-arrest-woodsonjpg-5375d748d8a34266_medium.jpgRestonians have definitely been overachieving of late! Along with showing the "can-do" spirit embodied in crossing the state line to find a bank to rob, another Reston man decided to take his massive cache of weapons on a little vacation, specifically to the "Garden State."

Somerset County investigators seized a cache of weapons including a grenade launcher and hundreds of rounds of ammunition today from the Branchburg motel room of a Virginia man, who also had maps of a U.S. military facility and an out-of-state civilian community.

Lloyd Woodson, 43, whose last known address was Reston, Va., today faces multiple offenses, including second-degree unlawful weapons possession and fourth-degree possession of prohibited weapons, Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest said.

At the time of his arrest, Woodson was wearing a military-style ballistic vest with a reinforced steel plate and carrying a .223-caliber assault rifle that had been altered to fire .50-caliber ammunition, Forrest. He was also carrying four loaded magazines with hollow-point ammunition, Forrest said.

Branchburg police confronted Woodson at 3:55 a.m. at the Quick Chek convenience store on Route 28 after receiving a call reporting a suspicious person. Branchburg Patorlman Steven Cronce noticed a large bulge beneath the green, military-style jacket that Woodson was wearing, which was later determined to be the assault rifle with a defaced serial number, Forrest said.

Woodson appeared "extremely nervous" as Cronce questioned him, and he ultimately ran from the convenience store toward the Regency Trailer Park on Route 22, Forrest. Officers found Woodson hiding in the bushes and he attempted to run, Forrest said.

Officers tackled him and used pepper spray to subdue Woodson, Forrest said. Detectives later searched Woodson’s room at the Red Mill Inn on Route 22 and found weapons including a .308-caliber semi-automatic assault rifle with a defaced serial number, a grenade launcher, hundreds .50-caliber and .308-caliber rounds, a police scanner, and the maps of a U.S. military installation and an out-of-state civilian community, Forrest said.

Investigators also found Middle Eastern red and white traditional headdress, Forrest said.
More from another story:
A U.S. Navy spokesman, Lt. Justin Cole, said Woodson joined the service in February 1998 and served aboard the USS Orion, a submarine tender, before deserting in April 1989. It would be eight years before he was returned to Navy custody, Cole said. A month later, in August 1997, Woodson was discharged.

It remained unclear last night whether he was passing through New Jersey or settling in for a longer period. He took a room last week at the Red Mill Inn, on Route 22. Shortly before 4 a.m. yesterday, he was in a Quick Chek convenience store on Route 28 when someone in the store called police, saying Woodson had been acting suspiciously.

Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest declined to speculate about Woodson’s intentions but remarked on the suspect’s arsenal, which included hundreds of rounds of ammunition, some of them hollow-point bullets, and a night-vision scope.

"In our experience, for private citizens to have this type of armament is quite unusual in Somerset County," Forrest said. "If you’re over in Afghanistan, it wouldn’t be rare."
All joking aside, that's legitimately scary. Let's hope that "out-of-state civilian community" wasn't Reston.


  1. According to media reports today, the FBI, ATF, and Joint Terrorism Task Force are all in on the investigation of Woodson, although the FBI has said he has no known link to terrorism.

  2. The Convict in the GulagJanuary 26, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    He looks like he's one of the red voters from North Reston.

  3. Actually, he is one scary-looking dude who I wouldn't want to run into on one of the paths at night.

  4. He has no listed address in Reston, but has one in Jacksonville. He was probably staying with a relative here. He probably found it too expensive to rent his own 1 bedroom unit and grew impatient waiting for the Fairway Apartments redevelopment.

  5. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonJanuary 26, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Here's the link to the January 25 news release about Woodson issued by the Somerset County, NJ, prosecutor's office:,%202010

    And here's what he's being charged with; his bail was set at $75,000:

    Prosecutor Forrest stated that defendant Woodson was charged with: Unlawful Possession of Weapons, second degree (2 counts); Prohibited Weapons/Armored Penetrating Bullets, fourth degree; Possession of Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines, fourth degree; Defaced Firearms (2 counts), fourth degree; Obstruction of Justice, disorderly persons; and Resisting Arrest, disorderly persons. Bail is to be set on defendant Woodson who will be subsequently lodged at the Somerset County Jail.


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