Police make stunning arrest on Amtrak train in Westwood
A Brooklyn man wanted in four states was pulled off a New York-bound Amtrak train in Westwood Tuesday morning after other passengers complained he was acting strangely and police found he was packing a stun gun - and a decent-sized collection of fake IDs and bogus scripts for prescription medicines - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:
When approached [around 10:52 a.m.], Moskowitz allegedly identified himself as "Mark Lipton" but claimed not to have any identification because he'd lost his wallet earlier that day; he also could provide no proof that he had paid his fare, and officers took him into custody.
During a search, officers found an item in Moskowitz's pocket that first appeared to be a cell phone but was later revealed to be an electric stun gun. Inside one of his two bags were six New Jersey identification cards, each with a different name, address, and social security number. None were in the name of "Mark Lipton." The cards were wrapped in what appeared to be prescriptions filled out in the names on the ID cards.
Moskowitz, already wanted in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York on charges that include illegally obtaining prescription drugs and failure to appear in court, was arraigned yesterday in Boston Municipal Court on five counts of identity fraud and one count each of possession of an electric stun gun, fare evasion, trespassing, and providing a false name to police, the DA's office says. Although arrested in Westwood, he was arraigned in Boston because that's where he boarded the train.
At the request of Assistant District Attorney Justyna Miller, Judge Franco Gobourne ordered Moskowitz held without bail. He faces a bail hearing on Sept. 19, the DA's office says.