A city teenager has been arrested for allegedly having a loaded handgun on North Main Street, according to public safety director Jerry Speziale.
Police arrested the 17-year-old on North Main and Arch streets at around 9:10 p.m. on Sunday. Police officers observed the suspect among a large group, drinking and obstructing the roadway, at the intersection.
Detectives exited their vehicle and observed the teen breaking away from the crowd and starting to flee on foot. They began chasing the suspect. The teen was holding his waistband as he fled, refusing to obey commands of officers to stop.
The suspect allegedly discarded the weapon on the pavement while running through a parking lot near the Paterson Community Health Center. He was ultimately arrested on Arch Street.
Police recovered a loaded Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
Speziale said this was the second weapon seized over the weekend. On Saturday, police recovered a loaded 9mm handgun hidden in the area. No suspect was arrested.