Teen at center of botched Holland Tunnel 'rescue' dies

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 28, 2017 7:52 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Kimberly Arendt, left, John Cramsey, center, and Dean Smith, are seen on a monitor during their video arraignment at Hudson County Courthouse, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Jersey City, N.J. The three were arrested Tuesday on weapons charges when they were stopped before crossing the Holland Tunnel from New Jersey to New York while driving with a cache of weapons.

(Wilkes-Barre) -- A teenager who inspired a group of Pennsylvania residents to attempt to drive into New York City with a cache of weapons in a botched "rescue" attempt has died.

James Patterson says his daughter, 18-year-old Jenea Patterson, died Wednesday of a drug overdose.

The Luzerne County coroner confirmed the death but says it is still investigating the cause.

Pennsylvania residents John Cramsey, Dean Smith and Kimberly Arendt are facing weapons charges after they were stopped at the entrance of the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City last June.

Cramsey, whose daughter died of a heroin overdose a year ago, posted online shortly before the arrest that he was heading to New York to "rescue" a teenager whose friend had overdosed.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty.

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