PATERSON, NJ - Members of the Paterson Police Department have had a busy weekend, but their efforts resulted in three guns being taken off city street, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale announced Sunday.

The first incident began Friday at approximately 7:40 p.m. when Detectives John Traynor, Mustafa Dombayci, Yamil Pimienta, and Mohammad Bashir, responded to the 500 block of Broadway on a report of a male inside of a vehicle in possession of a handgun. While searching for the vehicle that had been described, detectives observed a male in the area of 12th Avenue and East 23 Street, walking away from one that matched the description. The Detectives reported that as they approached the male, he began running north on East 23 Street toward 11th Avenue, while reaching inside a “fanny pack” type bag that he was wearing.  

Detectives caught up to the male, later identified as Christian Thomas, 33, on East 23 Street, as he continued to reach inside the bag in an attempt to discard the contents. Detective Sergeant Richard LaTrecchia arrived to assist and recovered a loaded handgun from the bag that Thomas continued to reach into.  

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Less than four hours later, the same detectives were in the area of Van Houten Street and Magee’s Alley when they observed a large group inside the municipal parking area at that location. As Detectives approached, they immediately observed a male, later identified as Keime Porter, 21, who is said to have had a firearm magazine protruding from a bag that he was wearing. Despite commands to remain where he was, Porter allegedly fled on foot in the direction of Mill Street with police in pursuit. As he ran behind a building on Mill Street Porter discarded the bag as he scaled a large fence. While Porter was apprehended a short time later the bag was recovered revealing a stolen, and loaded, 9mm handgun. 

The third gun, a 380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, was discovered early Sunday during an incident which began at approximately 12:30 a.m. when Detectives Joseph Aboyoun and Luis Roca exited their vehicle to investigate a large group of males in the intersection of 16th Avenue and Carroll Street. During the course of that investigation, they reported, Devin Brown, 18,  was found to be in possession of a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

All three suspects were arrested and detained at Passaic County Jail pending initial hearing.

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