PATERSON, NJ - Paterson police officers got the better of two suspects that allegedly broke into a 16th Avenue home Thursday.

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, the incident began at approximately 7:20 p.m. when members of the Patrol and Emergency Response Team Units responded to 150 16th Avenue, 1st floor, on a report of a home invasion robbery in progress.

Dispatchers informed responding units that a caller reported hearing banging coming from the 1st floor of the residence and screaming from a female stating, “I don’t have any money in this house.” 

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Upon arrival Officer J. Iandoli opened the front door and observed the door to apartment 1 with severe damage near the doorknob and door frame, indicative of being forced open. Prior to entering, the victim, a female, 40, opened the apartment door and began to scream, “they ran out the back door.” 

The report states that the responding officers then exited the home and proceeded on foot towards the rear of the home, engaging in a foot chase with two men they observed wearing dark clothing and jumping over a fence in the rear of the yard. 

Despite commands to stop, the suspects, identified as Vashawn Daniels, 30, Paterson, and Dashawn Fields, 32, Hawthorne, continued to run east on Park Avenue towards Rosa Parks Blvd, turning left into the front gated area of 149 Park Avenue where Daniels was said to be seen discarding a handgun into a blue garbage can. 

The men then continued to run east on Park Avenue.

After detaining both men the officers recovered a black CAI Georgia VT 9mm handgun from the blue garbage as well as a bundle of suspected heroin stamped “Fire” allegedly found in back waistband of Daniels’ pants and 177 blue baggies of suspected crack cocaine, 99 green capsules of suspected crack cocaine and a teal colored handheld taser found in Field’s sweatshirt.

Daniels and Fields were transported to Paterson Police Headquarters where they were both charged with several crimes including robbery, burglary, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

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