ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Following a traffic stop Thursday evening, Allentown police said they arrested a known gang member for carrying a concealed weapon.
Allentown police said an officer tried to stop a car at Ridge Avenue and Gordon Street just after 5 p.m. Thursday. The driver reportedly drove for roughly one block before stopping, according to authorities. It’s not clear from court records why police stopped the vehicle.
An officer asked the front-seat passenger, Tyzhaun A. Randolph, to step out of the car. Authorities said the 18-year-old is a confirmed Crips gang member.
Police allege Randolph, of Lehigh Parkway in Allentown, took off running through a nearby parking lot. An officer tackled him after a roughly 50-yard chase and held onto his legs as he tried to get up. He allegedly ignored orders to stop resisting, prompting other officers to assist with taking him into custody.
An ATF agent, meanwhile, spoke with backseat passenger, Javian A. Sabater, who is also an alleged Crips gang member. The agent said he patted down the 18-year-old for safety and allegedly found a Glock 27 .40 caliber handgun in his pocket.
Police said a records check showed Sabater, of Grant Street in Allentown, was previously convicted of possession of a firearm by a minor and that he did not have a concealed carry permit.
Authorities charged Randolph with single counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and Sabater with single counts of illegal possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license.
District Judge David Howells arraigned both men Thursday night, setting bail for Sabater at $175,000 and at $100,000 for Randolph. Neither posted bail and were sent to Lehigh County Jail to await preliminary hearings scheduled for Jan. 30.