Atlantic City, NJ, Police Arrest 4, Seize Gun and Drugs
Four people were arrested in Atlantic City following an investigation earlier this week.
The Atlantic City Police Department says on Thursday morning, April 26th, two of their detectives received information about a man armed with a gun.
Detectives observed the male, Brian Lott, traveling as a passenger in a pickup truck that was being operated by John Brown. Steve Montgomery and Racheal Kirkpatrick were also passengers in the vehicle.
That truck was stopped in the first block of South Morris Avenue.
Upon approaching the pickup, Lott was ordered to exit the rear seat of the vehicle. As Lott exited the vehicle, Detectives Dodson and James Barrett attempted to detain him in furtherance of the investigation. Lott immediately resisted and attempted to run as Detective Barrett struggled to gain control of him. Detective Barrett was able to secure a satchel that Lott was carrying before Lott broke free and began running north on Morris Avenue.
Another officer, responding to the scene, observed Lott running northbound on Morris Avenue while detectives gave chase.
After a brief struggle, police say Lott was taken into custody with assistance from the pursuing detectives.
Police say Lott was in possession of three wax folds of suspected heroin and $50 cash. The satchel Lott was carrying was found to contain a "ghost gun."
Contact was then made with the remaining occupants of the pickup truck. The continuing investigation led to the discovery of approximately 1.7 grams of suspected crack cocaine in the vehicle. Brown was found in possession of approximately 1.4 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine.
ARRESTED: Brian Lott, 18, of Atlantic City
CHARGES: Unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a "ghost gun," possession of a large capacity magazine, possession of hollow point ammunition, possession of a weapon during a CDS distribution offense, possession of CDS (two counts), possession of CDS with intent to distribute (two counts), aggravated assault on a police officer (two counts), resisting arrest, and obstruction.
ARRESTED: John Brown, 54, of Atlantic City
CHARGES: Possession of CDS (two counts) and possession of CDS paraphernalia. Brown was also found to have multiple active warrants for his arrest.
ARRESTED: Steve Montgomery, 54, of Pittstown, NJ
CHARGES: Possession of CDS and possession of CDS paraphernalia
ARRESTED: Racheal Kirkpatrick, 27, of Atlantic City
CHARGES: Possession of CDS and possession of CDS paraphernalia. Kirkpatrick was also found to have an active warrant for her arrest.
Lott, Brown, and Kirkpatrick were remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Montgomery was released on a summons pending a future date.
The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.