PATERSON, NJ - Members of the Paterson Police Department arrested three men and took three handguns off Paterson’s streets in two separate incidents Saturday, Public Safety Direct Jerry Speziale announced.
The first arrest, Speziale said, came at approximately 7:30 p.m. when Street Crime Unit Detectives William Hermann and Anthony Castronova were in the area of Governor and Carroll Streets when they observed a white SUV traveling north on Carroll Street at a high rate of speed disregarding a stop sign at the intersection of Governor Street.
Upon approaching the vehicle, the detectives say, they observed the driver, identified as Rammfis Luna, 45, attempt to conceal an object. Both continued to approach and Hermann observed a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun on the driver seat.
Detective Castronova secured Luna without incident.
Just over three hours later, Speziale continued in his report, Street Crime Unit Detectives Mohammad Bashir and John Traynor were in the area of East 22 Street and 10th Avenue, when they observed two males walking in the roadway north on East 22 Street toward 9th Avenue.
When the detectives approached them, both males, one identified as Ramir Williams, 19, the other reported to be a 16-year-old male, walked toward the sidewalk and allegedly discard two objects near a parked vehicle.
At this point Detective Traynor recovered and secured two loaded semi-automatic handguns, a 9mm Semi-Automatic Handgun and a .40 Caliber Semi-Automatic Handgun, from the area of the parked vehicle while Detective Bashir detained the two suspects.
Speziale said he was proud of the detectives for their “abilities to see things the way they are and for being endowed with the skills to handle these dangerous situations.”
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