PATERSON, NJ - Members of the Paterson Police Department Street Crimes Unit made two arrests and took two guns off the streets in separate incidents overnight.

According to a statement by Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, the first incident took place at approximately 7:10 p.m. when Detectives Anthony Nestico and Ismael Kivanc were on patrol in the area of the 700 block of East 19th Street when they pulled over a black Ford Taurus. A search of the vehicle yielded a loaded 9mm handgun that was allegedly found in the passenger compartment.

According to records the handgun was previously stolen out of North Carolina.

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The driver of the vehicle, Hector Trujillo, 20, was arrested.

Just hours later the same detectives responded to the area of River Street on a report of shots fired. Oce in the area they reported observing three males standing across from where the report came from, and upon approaching them observed one of them, later identified as Ronnie Amparo, 20, Paterson, place an object in his pocket.

The suspect is said to have fled on foot causing a chase during which Detective Kivanc reported seeing a handgun in Amparo’s hand, which he allegedly attempted to dispose of by throwing on a roof of a building. While one detective secured the scene the second, now joined by Officer John Sanabria, continued the pursuit, apprehending Amparo a short time later.

The discarded firearm, a loaded .380 caliber handgun, was recovered with the assistance of the Paterson Fire Department.

Both guns will be submitted to the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Lab for further examination.

“The men and women of the department are committed to removing illegal guns from our streets,” Speziale said in the statement.

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