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Police: Paterson man arrested with loaded handgun

September 12, 2016 GMT

PATERSON – Detectives arrested a 23-year-old city man who they say was carrying a loaded handgun in the 1st Ward early Saturday morning, according to police.

The suspect, Nashear Albert, was hanging out with a group of people near the corner of Belmont Avenue and North 9th Street at about 1:30 am when detectives in the street crime unit approached them to issue summonses for violations of various city ordinances, police said.

Detective Anthony Castronova saw a gun in Albert’s waistband and told the suspect to put his hands up, said Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale. But Albert tried to run away, so Castronova and Detective Sgt. Richard LaTrecchia ran after him, the director said.

Albert allegedly tossed away the gun, a .22-caliber revolver which was later found, and he was captured soon afterwards on North 6th, police said. Albert was charged with various weapons offenses and resisting arrest, police said.

Detectives William Niebanck and Pete Torres also found numerous bullets for a 9mm handgun in the area where the group had been, but they did not find a gun, Speziale said.

“The Street Crime Unit will continue to focus their efforts on designated crime hot spots throughout the city in their continued effort to suppress violent crime at these locations,” Speziale said. “The unit has been vigorously patrolling the hotspot areas in an effort to remove illegal weapons from our streets.”