PATERSON, NJ - Paterson police made a quick arrest on Saturday after two men reported being robbed at gunpoint.
According to Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale the first robbery was reported at approximately 6:14 a.m. in the area of 21st Avenue and East 21st Street, prompting a response from Officers J. Favia and I. Mills who were on patrol at the time. While enroute, Speziale said, the Paterson 911 Communications Center provided information about the suspect, including a physical description and his clothing.
Moments later police were informed of a second robbery, in the area of 17th Avenue and East 24th Street, and told that the suspect fled on foot.
Canvassing the area Favia and Mills located the suspect, as well the weapon that was allegedly underneath a vehicle. Mills placed the suspect, identified as Muta Mills, 27, Paterson.
The first victim, a 37-year-old male, identified Mills as the suspect and reported that he was approached at gunpoint and forced to turn over his money, totalling $100, and his iPhone 6. The second victim, a 20-year-old male, described the same scenario and later identified Mills in a photo lineup at Paterson Police Headquarters.
The firearm, a Python 357 Magnum, was found to be loaded with four live rounds and reported stolen out of Prince William County, Virginia.
Crediting them for apprehending the suspect and taking a “high power weapon” off the streets Speziale said that “These officers were quick thinking and equipped with the ability to see the situation for what it was.”