- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man put a gun up to his girlfriend’s head and pulled the trigger, but the gun didn’t fire, authorities said Friday.

West Milford police say 21-year-old Jason Driesse, of Lincoln Park, has been charged with attempted murder of his girlfriend May 3 at Long Pond Ironworks State Park. He also faces charges of terroristic threats and other offenses.

Driesse was being held on $750,000 bail at the Passaic County Jail. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Police say Driesse brought his girlfriend to the park and asked her to write something on a notepad. When she got upset and refused, he allegedly put on latex gloves and put a silver revolver against her head. She pleaded for her life, but Driesse pulled the trigger, investigators said.

“The gun did not fire and the accused inspected the weapon,” said Sgt. Joseph Walker.

Police said the two then left the park together.

“On the ride back to her home the accused informed the female that (if) she ran from him he would have shot her in the back,” Walker said.

Once the woman was safe at home, she told her parents, then texted Driesse, whose replies implicated him in the crimes, police said. The family contacted the Denville police, who alerted authorities in West Milford.

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