Speculation swirled that police thwarted a potential terrorist attack in New York City after John Cramsey was arrested outside the Holland Tunnel with an arsenal of weapons. He’s currently in jail on $75,000 bond.
But the man is now claiming assumptions being made about him are wrong in an interview with The New York Post.
“I am not a vigilante or terrorist — I’m a father,” he said.
This photo provided Wednesday June 22, 2016 by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows John Cramsey, who was arrested by Port Authority police officers Tuesday along with two other people after they were stopped while trying to drive through the Holland Tunnel heavily armed with a cache of weapons. (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey via AP)
Cramsey, a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, revealed he lost his daughter to drug overdose in February and the overwhelming grief led him to go on a personal mission to save other drug addicts from suffering the same fate.
The father claimed he has recused dozens of addicts since his daughter’s death, some of whom he “literally carried out” on his shoulder.
The New York Post describes how his most recent apparent rescue attempt was prevented:
On June 21, he and friends Dean Smith and Kimberly Arendt headed to Brooklyn to “extract a 16-year-old girl who went up there to party,” he said in a Facebook post. He said the teen woke up in a hotel next to Sierra Schmitt, 20, who fatally overdosed on heroin.
Before they could make it, the trio of crusaders was pulled over by police at the Holland Tunnel for a cracked windshield around 7:40 a.m.
Police searched the Dodge SUV, which is covered in decals saying, “God Guns Guts Made America Free.” They found a trove of weapons including a .45-caliber handgun, an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and four other semiautomatic handguns that were mostly all loaded.
Kimberly Arendt, 29, left, John Cramsey, 50, center, and Dean Smith, 53, are seen on a monitor during their video arraignment at Hudson County Courthouse, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Cramsey said there is still “a lot people don’t know yet.”
Not everyone is buying his story, though.
Cramsey’s ex-wife told The New York Post that his actions “phony and narcissistic” and claimed he has used his daughter’s name “to seek attention.”
“He’s living in guilt and jumped into this Enough is Enough thing and used Lexii’s death to make his story look legit. He labeled my daughter as a closet heroin addict for his own benefit to make himself look good,” she said.
Meanwhile, some locals in Pennsylvania say Cramsey is a “hero,” according to the Post.
Cramsey is reportedly working on an appeal with his attorney and has plans to create the “biggest heroin-awareness program that the state’s ever seen.”