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.