A spokesman for Morris County Prosecutor Frederic M. Knapp acknowledged Monday night that charges had been filed against Hannah on Thursday and Friday, but said “no information can be released at this time” because of an ongoing criminal investigation into the March 31 shooting.
Capt. Rich Rose, the spokesman, said details about the charges are in affidavits that have been filed in court. His office has declined for weeks to answer questions about whether Hannah had a gun or whether a weapon was found in the house where he had lived with his grandparents.
State law requires authorities to describe any weapon used in a crime within 24 hours, even when an arrest is not made.
The Daily Record of Morris County reported on Monday that authorities allege in court documents that Hannah, before he was shot, pointed a loaded shotgun at an officer, and that the hammer had been pulled back. The newspaper, citing affidavits filed in Superior Court in Morristown, said he had been kicked out of his grandparents’ home because of heroin use and told his grandmother he wanted to end his life.
The court papers also reportedly say Hannah stole a Kate Spade designer purse from a car in Butler on the day he was shot, keeping the contents but discarding the purse. Kate Spade purses can be worth hundreds of dollars. Neighbors said that police had been looking for Hannah that day and neighbors called police to tell them that the man they wanted was walking through the neighborhood disguised as a woman and walking with a limp.
Morris County jail records show Hannah was charged with two counts of theft and two counts of burglary in addition to aggravated assault by knowingly pointing a firearm at a Butler police officer, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and with being unauthorized to carry firearms as a convicted felon. His bail was set at $185,000.
On Dec. 1, he was arrested in Bergen County on charges of manufacturing drugs, conspiracy, and violation of probation, all third-degree crimes. He initially was held in lieu of $50,000 bail in Bergen County but was released on Jan. 8 on his own recognizance, according to records. Earlier last year, he was given a probationary sentence on a burglary conviction in Morris County, according to state court records.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has provided only scant information about the shooting after almost three weeks. It took four days before the office acknowledged anyone had been struck by a bullet and it said last week that it could not provide additional details, including information about a possible weapon, because the matter was under investigation. It said at the time that it would provide “prompt notification” if an arrest was made or charges filed.