After receiving reports of two armed robberies on Saturday morning, the police quickly responded and arrested the alleged perpetrator with a stolen handgun, according to public safety director Jerry Speziale.
Muta Williams, 27-year-old, of Paterson, was arrested on East 24th Street and Park Avenue. Police recovered a Python 357 Magnum with four live rounds in it that was reportedly stolen out of Prince William County in Virginia.
Williams was charged with two counts of armed robbery, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon, receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a weapon without a permit, and certain persons not to possess a weapon.
Police said Williams is the alleged actor in two armed robberies.
First armed robbery took place on 18th Avenue and East 24th Street at around 6:14 a.m. A 37-year-old man was allegedly robbed at gunpoint by Williams.
The victim was walking in the area when Williams allegedly approached and demanded his money and personal belongings. The victim handed over $100 and an iPhone 6.
Williams fled and the victim called police.
The second armed robbery took place on 21st Avenue and East 20th Street. A 20-year-old man told police he was walking on East 21st Street and 19th Avenue when Williams allegedly approached and demanded his money and cellphone at gunpoint.
After the second armed robbery, Williams allegedly continued to flee on foot in the area of 17th Avenue and East 24th Street. Police officers, armed with a description of the suspect, began a manhunt.
Williams was ultimately arrested on East 24th Street and Park Avenue. He was taken to the Paterson Police Headquarters for processing.
Police officers James Favia and Isiah Mills conducted the manhunt with assistance from other officers that led to the arrest.