Police: Armed Maplewood Man Arrested After Foot Chase

After three officers were slightly injured in a struggle, the Maplewood man led cops on foot chase.


Maplewood Police arrested two men after an early morning foot chase Sunday, and one man was found to be carrying a loaded handgun after he was captured, said Capt. John Perna.

Officers responded to an anonymous call reporting two suspicious men in the area of Chancellor Avenue and Springfield Avenue on Sunday at 3:45 a.m.  The officers checked the men for warrants and arrested Kendall Edwards, 28 of Maplewood on an outstanding traffic warrant, said Perna.

The second man, 27-year-old Maplewood resident Handral Jean-Philippe, was also found to have an outstanding traffic warrant, Perna said. When officers tried to arrest Jean-Philippe he struggled with them, slightly injuring three of them, and fled on foot. After a short chase, Officer Mark Ferraro, Sgt. Peter Keunzel and Patrolman Christopher Kelly caught Jean-Philippe, who reportedly had a loaded Baretta model 96 handgun that was later discovered to have been stolen out of South Carolina, said Perna.  

Police charged Jean-Philippe with possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, aggravated assault on police officers and receiving stolen property.

CJV May 01, 2013 at 08:58 AM
Outstanding police patrol work. Praise to the officers. And, let this be a lesson to those apologists who blame Irvington and Newark for armed crime in our town- we have our own scum as well.
Wayling League May 01, 2013 at 10:34 AM
I'm glad no one got seriously hurt. It's amazing how often we read that some guy gets hauled in for a traffic warrant. It's also a classic example why Steve Sweenney's gun control bill won't actually do anything to keep stolen pistols out of the hands of a guy like this who might have other intentions than to keep it on his desk to hold down his stack of utility bills when the window is open.
TAN May 01, 2013 at 01:24 PM
It is good to take the bad guy off the street.
Joe Gonzalez May 01, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Kudos to those officers for a job well done. Need more stories like this. And we also need more patrols so that the officers can spot more suspicious characters to help avoid what happened on Tuscan St
Meghan May 01, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Nice work officers, glad they were so quick to respond. Our patrols should be increased as these kinds of cases seem to increase.


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