Jeremy Barringer, a 46-year-old convicted sex offender, was arrested in New Jersey after police discovered a trove of weapons and body armor in his car after an accident early Sunday morning, authorities announced.
Mantoloking police said in a statement on Facebook that officers responded to a single-vehicle accident at around 3 a.m., where they found Barringer “wearing body armor.”
In the car, authorities said they found a “loaded AR-15 rifle,” “three high-capacity magazines” loaded with “hollow-point bullets,” one “loaded 9 mm handgun” with “additional magazines loaded with hollow-point rounds,” and a holster.
Barringer, a resident of nearby Toms River, was arrested without incident at the scene. He was booked at an Ocean County jail and faces 13 weapons charges, including illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, police said.
Additional charges are reportedly pending, and police did not say when Barringer will appear before a judge for his arraignment. It was not immediately clear Monday whether the 46-year-old convicted felon has retained a lawyer.
A Disturbing Past for Jeremy Barringer
Prior to his arrest Sunday, Jeremy Barringer was convicted on three counts of burglary and one count forced sodomy in Springfield, Missouri in 1999, according to court documents.
Pursuant to a plea bargain, Barringer pled guilty to all four counts in exchange for a 22-year sentence, court filings say. It is not immediately clear how long Barringer served, when he was released, or when he relocated back to New Jersey, where he is from originally.
The convictions stemmed from a spree of break-ins and sexual assaults in late 1995, according to an archival report in the Springfield News-Leader.
Police told the News-Leader at the time that Barringer, then 21, “confronted or assaulted” at least five women in a 30-hour period before his arrest, but that they suspected he was a “serial offender” whose “deviant activities may span back to summer  or earlier.”
Investigators said they believed Jeremy Barringer was an “opportunist” who entered the unlocked homes of young women living near the South Missouri State University campus. He was arrested when police staked out the neighborhood, waiting for him to strike, according to the report.
“We had the [Crisis Response] team in plain clothes working in the area, as well as the [Southern Missouri State University police] and uniformed officers,” Lt. Steve Hamilton told the News-Leader in 1995. “At that time, he had not been identified. We were trying to find the person before he was able to assault someone again.”
Springfield police did find and arrest Jeremy Barringer, but not before he was able to burglarize three homes and “beat and sodomize” a woman, the newspaper wrote — all crimes for which he was later convicted.
But authorities also told the News-Leader that Barringer was the primary suspect in a string of similar crimes that had not been solved, and for which no one was ever convicted.
In one of those episodes, according to the News-Leader, “a 4-year-old girl reported waking to find a man straddling her with his hand over her mouth.” The assailant fled after the girl’s father chased him from the home.
About an hour later a few blocks away, police said, a group of South Missouri State students returned home to find that “someone had rifled through their underwear drawers.”
Where Was Jeremy Barringer Going?
Police have also not announced — or otherwise have not determined — where Barringer was headed with his alleged stockpile.
But the details of the convicted sex offender’s disturbing past make the circumstances of his arrest on Sunday all the more terrifying.