New Jersey Airbnb House Party with More Than 700 People Broken Up By Authorities

Three people have been charged with violating New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order limiting gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic after throwing a 700-person Airbnb house party in Jackson Township. The homeowner, Yaakov Weiss, 40, and party organizers, Patience Guanue, 23, and Alicia Hinneh, 22, have all been charged after police spent almost five fours shutting down the mass gathering. Captain Steven Laskiewicz of Jackson Police Department said in a Facebook post that officers first responded to Mill Pond Road in the Whispering Hill neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday on report of a “suspicious incident.” Upon arrival, officers learned from neighbors that a house on the street had been rented out via Airbnb to host a party. Weiss, the homeowner, was contacted by police and confirmed he was hosting a party, but soon left his residence “when an estimated 200 additional people arrived at the residence.”

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