Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Police make illegal gun arrests

Officer tried to stop vehicle, but driver did not comply

- By Pete Bannan Pbannan@Mainlineme­dianews.com

Chester police continue to work to take illegal guns off the streets with three arrests, including a minor in recent weeks.

A complaint of a disorderly group of people brought Chester Officer Geoffrey Walls to the 1100 block of Upland Street about 7:30 p.m. May 4.

While speaking with the group, Walls saw one of the males flee on foot. Walls gave chase and observed the male grabbing toward his waistband, according to police reports.

After a brief chase, Walls was able to detain the man who was later identified as Jaruan McCommons.

A loaded black Walther P22 .22 caliber pistol was recovered.

McCommons did not have a permit to carry a firearm. He was arrested and charged with firearms violations. McCommons was arraigned by District Judge Tammi Forbes with bail was set at $25,000 cash. McCommons was committed to George W. Hill Correction­al Facility where he will await his preliminar­y hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

The following morning, police were on patrol when they received reports of three subjects wearing black clothing with one pointing a pistol in the area of Morton Avenue.

Police arrived and arrested a 17 year-old male who was carrying a loaded black and blue PF9400 untraceabl­e 9mm pistol and several bags of marijuana.

The juvenile male was charged with firearms offenses and narcotics violations then petitioned was to the Bucks County Youth Center police said. Chester Officer Joseph Yocum was on patrol just after 10 p.m. April 28 in the area of 6th and Engle streets when he witnessed a 2006 silver Dodge Magnum swerve into incoming traffic.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but it did not comply. Assisting officers were able to stop the vehicle in the 2100 block of West 7th Street.

The driver of the vehicle who was identified as Cornelius Foster Jr., and a black Canik TP9SFX 9mm loaded pistol with an obliterate­d serial number was recovered on the floorboard of the vehicle by Officer German Sabillon.

A check of Foster Jr.’s informatio­n was processed through the National Crime Informatio­n Center confirmed Foster Jr. did not possess a permit to carry a firearm. He was arrested and charged with firearms violations and traffic offenses.

Foster Jr. was arraigned by District Judge Harry Karapalide­s, with bail set at 10 percent of $100,000. He was committed to George W. Hill Correction­al Facility where he will await his preliminar­y hearing scheduled for May 11.

 ?? SUBMITTED PHOTO ?? Chester police seized illegal guns during recent arrests.
SUBMITTED PHOTO Chester police seized illegal guns during recent arrests.

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