The police recovered three handguns, including one from a 15-year-old, in separate incidents on Tuesday, according to public safety director Jerry Speziale.
Police arrested three people for having the weapons. David Martinez, 24, of Paterson; 15-year-old Paterson boy; and Cornell Day, 18, of Paterson, were arrested on various weapons offenses.
Martinez and the 15-year-old boy were busted on Clinton and Matlock streets at around 7:05 p.m. Police exited their vehicles to speak to two males. The 15-year-old ran. Martinez remained at the scene. Police arrested Martinez and seized a Beretta 9mm semi-automatic pistol. The boy fled on Clinton Street towards North 1st Street with police behind him. The boy allegedly dropped a loaded Ruger .380 caliber handgun near a dumpster by School 28. Police arrested him on Temple and Matlock streets.
The boy is being held at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center while Martinez is being held at the Passaic County Jail.
Several hours later, police busted Day on North 1st and Arch streets. Police were clearing a gathering on North Main and Jefferson streets at around 9:35 p.m. when they observed Day wearing a fanny pack that had a gun sticking out.
Day was quickly arrested without an incident. Police recovered a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol. He is being held at the Passaic County Jail pending a hearing.