PATERSON, NJ - Members of the Paterson Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit are being credited with "showing great restraint" after confiscating three guns in less than two hours Tuesday night into Wednesday, including a loaded AK-47 assault rifle.
According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, Detectives John Traynor and Mustafa Dombayci, were in the area of 16th Avenue between Rosa Parks Boulevard and East 18 Street Tuesday, when, at approximately 11:20 p.m., they observed a Hispanic male running on 16th Avenue in the direction of Rosa Parks Boulevard while carrying the weapon.
After notifying dispatch, Traynor and Dombayci exited their vehicle to pursue the suspect on foot, who is said to have fired the weapon into the air causing them to take cover while continuing to give chase.
While the suspect was not apprehended, a search of the area led to the recovery of the assault as well as .38 caliber revolver in an adjacent yard along the suspect’s escape route. An extensive investigation revealed that a bullet was fired into a 16th Avenue residence but no one was injured.
Soon after, at approximately 12:50 a.m., Detectives Gilot Castor, Mohammad Bashir, and Yamil Pimienta, were in the area of East 32 Street and 11th Avenue, near PS# 26, when they observed a group of males acting disorderly and consuming alcohol.
As the Detectives exited their vehicle to investigate further, one of the males is said to have begun walking away while attempting to conceal a heavy object in his pocket. With police approaching the the male began fleeing on foot before discarding a semi-automatic handgun to the pavement. Pimienta immediately secured the firearm, while Detectives Castor and Bashir gave chase. Despite a chase the suspect was not apprehended.
The recovered firearm, which was previously reported stolen out of Georgia, will be submitted to the New Jersey State Police ballistics lab along with the other two guns for further examination.
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