PATERSON, NJ - A Paterson man led police on a foot chase that ended in his arrest as well as the confiscation of two guns and a large amount of ammunition Monday, Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale announced.

According to Speziale, Officers E. Dagistanli and L. Qirjako were on patrol at approximately 6:40 p.m. when they received information from Paterson Ceasefire Detective Sergeant E. Taylor that a man in the area of 54 Washington Avenue was in possession of a bag that allegedly contained a weapon. 

The officers responded to the area to investigate and found a Hispanic male, later identified as Johan Rodriguez, 28, matching the description and in possession of a bag standing at the corner of 54 Washington Avenue. 

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As the officers approached the scene in their patrol units, Rodriguez is said to have looked over his shoulder several times before beginning to walk south on Plum Street. Rodriguez then began running ignoring commands from Officer Dagistanli, now on foot, to stop. 

Rodriguez allegedly tried to discard the bag with a failed attempt to throw it on the roof of a building at 54 Plum Street, before he was taken into custody after what was described as a “physical struggle.”

With Rodriguez in custody the bag was retrieved and found to contain a black .22 caliber Mossberg 715P Rifle with a 25 Round capacity magazine, a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun with 10 round capacity magazine, 22 caliber hollow point Remington ammunition, four 9mm Luger bullets and 9mm Speer luger Hollow point ammunition, as well as a white towel and a pair of gloves.

All the aforementioned items were then placed in evidence and Rodriguez was transported to Paterson Police Headquarters for processing.

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