(UPDATE: IN CUSTODY) Perth Amboy woman wanted in North Plainfield Aggravated Assault
UPDATE: Gomez-Vanwyk was arrested by the Perth Amboy Police Department. She was detained in the Somerset County Jail, pending a detention hearing.
North Plainfield, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced that Bryanna Gomez-Vanwyk, age 26 of Perth Amboy, New Jersey is wanted in relation to an aggravated assault, terroristic threats and unlawful possession of a weapon investigation out of North Plainfield, New Jersey.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Monday, August 12, 2019, at approximately 9:30 PM, Somerset County Communications received numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting shots fired at a sports bar and grill located on Route 22 East in North Plainfield. Officers from the North Plainfield Police Department arrived within minutes and observed patrons running from the restaurant and hiding behind vehicles. Officers immediately entered and cleared the restaurant, learning that the suspect had fled just prior to their arrival. Patrons reported to officers that a female had entered the front door of the restaurant brandishing a weapon, yelling obscenities and demanding to see a male employee. Employees and witnesses told police that the female had pointed the weapon directly at them while yelling. Police located a large knife and several paintballs at the scene, as well as additional items which led to the identification of the suspect. Police were able to view video surveillance from the sports bar and grill and determined that the weapon was, in fact, a paint ball gun which appeared to be inoperable. Preliminary investigation has indicated that this was a domestic dispute between the female suspect and a male employee of the sports bar and grill. Police have identified the suspect as 26-year old Bryanna Gomez-Vanwyk of Perth Amboy New Jersey. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized charges of 3rd degree Aggravated Assault, 3rd degree Terroristic Threats, and 3rd degree Unlawful Possession of Weapon against Gomez-Vanwyk.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Parenti request anyone with information relating to this incident or who has information regarding Gomez- Vanwyk’s location, to contact the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
Note: The above information is based on a preliminary and on-going investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.