PATERSON, NJ - The quick, coordinated, and potentially life saving efforts of the Paterson Police Department led to the arrest of two out-of-town men on Thursday, as well as the recovery of two loaded weapons.
According to a statement by Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, surveillance detectives responded to the area of 16th Avenue and Carroll Street at approximately 2:55 p.m. after the Narcotics Division received intelligence that an adult African American male was in possession of an assault rifle.
Upon arrival at the scene, the report said, a suspect, later identified as Kaelin Ramroop, 22, Hackensack, was observed heading to a vehicle while brandishing what appeared to be a short barrel assault rifle.
Ramroop is said to have placed the weapon into the rear passenger area of the vehicle before driving away with another passenger. Detectives initiated a motor vehicle stop near Rosa Parks Boulevard and Pearl Street during which the passenger, identified as Brian Rochester, 22, Garfield, was seen reaching toward the weapon in the backseat.
Detectives immediately entered the vehicle and apprehended both men while securing the weapon, an assault rifle with a high capacity magazine, and a second handgun that was also found during the search. 41 hollow point bullets were also recovered.
Both men were transported to the Paterson Police Headquarters and charged with several crimes related to the possession of the weapons, ammunition, and a small amount of marijuana.
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