Police recover sawed-off shotgun, semi-automatic rifle, and arrest juvenile | Paterson Times

Police recover sawed-off shotgun, semi-automatic rifle, and arrest juvenile


City police recovered two guns and arrested a juvenile in two separate incidents on Thursday, said police director Jerry Speziale.

In the first incident, city police juvenile division detectives recovered a defaced sawed-off shotgun on Rosa Park Boulevard with live shotgun shell rounds while arresting a juvenile for an unrelated crime.

Police lieutenant Jaime Navarro, detectives Philip Calicchio, Charlie Garcia, Quaema McElveen, and officers Salvatore Marotta and Johan Suarez recovered the weapon at about 10:10 a.m.

Removing a shotgun from the proximity of a juvenile most likely averted a dangerous situation, said Speziale. He said the quick thinking of the officers and their keen awareness allowed for the recovery of a powerful weapon.

In the second incident, at about 1:30 p.m., police were on East 23rd Street conducting an investigation, when detective sergeant Richard LaTrecchia, detectives Maribel Seabrooks, and Jack DeSalvo recovered a semi-automatic rifle with high capacity magazine, said the director.

“While there was no arrest, the removal of a high powered weapon by these officers removes another gun from our streets,” said Speziale referring to the second incident, “which needs to continue in order to make the city safer for all the community”