John Cramsey: Vigilante Father On A Mission After Daughter Dies Of Heroin Overdose

John Cramsey: Vigilante Father On A Mission After Daughter Dies Of Heroin Overdose
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Three people who were on an alleged vigilante mission were arrested on Tuesday after they were found having an arsenal of weapons.


The arrest occurred during a routine traffic stop at the Holland Tunnel. John Cramsey, Dean Smith and Kimberly Arendt, who claim to be vigilantes, are facing several weapons charges.

As reported by CBS News, the trio said they were heading to “extricate” a young girl who was being held by a drug dealer. Although reports suggested the girl was in Queens, Cramsey’s Facebook posts indicated the girl was in a Brooklyn hotel room. Cramsey instigated a mission to save addicts following the death of his daughter, Alexandria, who died off a heroin overdose in February. He also started a Facebook group called Enough is Enough.

According to a friend, Michael McKenna, Cramsey and Smith are currently in Port Authority lockup in Union New Jersey. On Tuesday, the duo will be transferred to Hudson County.

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Prior to being taken into custody, Cramsey had posted on Facebook about his mission, saying he was going to rescue a 16-year-old girl being held by a drug dealer.

“One of those friends she went up there with will not be returning,” Cramsey wrote. “Last night she woke to find her friends body next to her in the same bed were her friend died of another heroin overdose. … I’m bringing her out of NY today and anybody else in that hotel that wants to go home too.”

Among the things found in and subsequently seized from Cramsey’s truck included a shotgun, AR-15 style rifle and handguns, goggles, tactical gear, knives and 2000 rounds of ammunition, according to CBS News. According to Port Authority, an ammo box with a label “Shoot your local heroin dealer” and a bag with the label “firearms instructor” were also discovered.

Officer John Basil had pulled over the truck at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, after he noticed a crack low on their windshield.

“Upon approaching the motor vehicle, the officer observed in plain view a loaded pistol magazine,” Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police Supervisor Michael Fedorko said. “He had the driver exit the vehicle, and when then driver got out, he noticed a .45-caliber handgun on the driver’s seat.”

As reported by, Cramsey’s arrest comes on the day of the four-month anniversary of the death of his daughter, Alexandria, who died due to heroin overdosing on February 21. On Tuesday, he wrote a post on Facebook expressing his sorrow over losing his daughter.

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  • naksuthin

    “Police sources told The Post that when they found the young woman who
    was the subject of Cramsey’s hunt, she didn’t want help, saying “I don’t
    need to be rescued.””

    This is just another example of gun owners thinking they can use guns to deputize themselves and do the job that law enforcement is trained to do.
    These gun nuts were getting ready to get involved in a wild west shootout to “rescue” someone who didn’t even want to be “rescued”

    It’s time we put an end to this freewheeeling ,misuse of guns.

    Crazy people are arming themselves because they live in a twisted world where everyone is the enemy and everyone is “out to get them”

    These idiots should have just called the cops and let them cops interview the woman who DIDN’T WANT TO BE RESCUED.;.instead of taking the law into their own hands.

    That’s how lynchings get started