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.

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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.”