How Police Are Getting Guns Off Paterson Streets: Four Separate Seizures

A pair of Paterson detectives working on a new gun suppression detail subdued an ex-con man who carried a semi-automatic pistol and added to a growing number of guns they had removed from the streets of Silk City, the shared Authorities on Tuesday.

Detectives Brian Culmone and Mohammed Bashir were sitting in an unmarked car on East 18th Street approaching Park Avenue when they came across an idle Dodge caravan at around 11:30 p.m. Monday, said Jerry Speziale, director of public Safety.

When the detectives discovered the license plates belonged to another vehicle, they got out to investigate, he said.

They found the driver, 32-year-old city resident Jefferie Lowery, with a .380 caliber Taurus pistol and took him into custody after a brief fight, Speziale said.

Lowery spent two separate periods in state prison, from January 2016 to April 2017 for robbery and evasion and again from September 2019 to last April for a parole violation, records show.

Police this time sent Lowery to Passaic County Jail to await a first appearance at the Central Judicial Processing Court in Paterson.

The seizure was the latest in a series of arms seizures by Paterson’s finest.

It started at 21 in January, followed by 26 last month, Speziale said.

The director said he was “inspired” by the “talent and tireless efforts of detectives to see situations where they remove deadly weapons from our streets”.

Last Friday, investigators took three high-powered firearms off these streets when they confiscated two young men and a 15-year-old boy.

It started, said Speziale, when detectives discovered Delsean Pinchom. 20th in front of an apartment building on the 300 block of Hamilton Avenue.

Pinchom, wanted by the Serious Crimes Department for a previous incident, ignored her orders to stop and ducked into the house, the director said.

As they walked through the front door behind him, Detectives Joseph Aboyoun and Mustafa Dombayci secured the stern.

Sure enough, they spotted Pinchom climbing a rear fire escape to the second floor while throwing a loaded .357 Smith & Wesson revolver, Speziale said.

Investigators retrieved the gun while fellow detective Luis Roca and Bashir Pinchom surprised and grabbed him when he walked into a window on the third floor, the director said.

Less than 90 minutes later, police were looking for violent crime “hotpots” when they saw a gun in the waistband of Brian Figueroa, also 20, near the corner of Jefferson Street and North Main Street, Speziale said.

Detectives Anthony Castronova, William Hermann, Yamil Pimienta and Bashir had become aware of the gun and uneventfully attacked Figueroa and retrieved a 0.40 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a high capacity magazine, he said.

Another “hot spot” detail showed another gun less than two hours later after police said they saw a 15-year-old boy knock it down on Arch Street.

Roca, Aboyoun, and Culmone were also involved in the attack, Speziale said.

The boy was taken to the Essex County Detention Center in Newark to await a family hearing at the Supreme Court on a delinquency complaint on charges of gun offenses.

The adults have meanwhile been taken to Passaic County Jail to await their first appearances in the Central Judicial Processing Court in Paterson.

The guns were sent to the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Unit to see if they might have been used in crime.

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