PATERSON, NJ – The efforts of the Paterson Police Department’s Street Crime Unit led to two arrests and the confiscation of two loaded weapons during the overnight hours, according to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale.
In a statement, Speziale reported that Detectives Mohammad Bashir and Mustafa Dombayci, were in the area of Carroll Street at approximately 11:10 p.m. when they observed a Chevrolet Malibu traveling at a high rate of speed and disregarding a stop sign at the intersection of Carroll Street and Godwin Avenue. As the detectives attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, the vehicle turned east onto Fair Street in the wrong direction in an apparent attempt to flee. After colliding with a vehicle on Rosa Parks Boulevard, the male driver, later identified as Damond King, 30, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. With detective in pursuit King is said to have discarded a firearm just before attempting to enter a basement window of a residence on Fair Street to avoid apprehension.
The weapon, a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun with a high capacity magazine, was recovered and King was apprehended.
Less than three hours later, at approximately 1:50 a.m., Speziale reported, Detectives Luis Roca and Joseph Aboyoun were in the area of Broadway and East 18th Street when they conducted a motor vehicle stop for observed violations. During the course of the stop, and subsequent investigation, detectives recovered several small baggies of suspected marijuana, along with a Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun, and a high capacity magazine.
The male driver, identified as Taurean Thomas, was taken into custody without incident, and was transported to Paterson Police Headquarters for processing.