PLEASANTVILLE - City police officers have three people in custody, including a woman who was walking a baby in a stroller, after the department received multiple 911 calls reporting a man with a gun.
At 10:49 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, Pleasantville police officers quickly responded to the 911 calls reporting of a man a gun near the intersection of First Street and Lake Place and about two blocks away from the city police department headquarters.
Those officers, including Pleasantville Police Chief José Ruiz, immediately detained an adult male and a juvenile male, according to a release prepared by Pleasantville Capt. Sean Riggin.
The officers then secured the area and conducted a K-9 search for a third male, who had fled the area on foot. Egg Harbor Township Police Officer Ken Marchelle and his partner conducted the K-9 search.
During the K-9 search, Police Chief Ruiz identified an adult female pushing a baby stroller, who he had seen with the two males already in custody.
Chief Ruiz stopped the female and recovered two loaded handguns from her, Riggins said.
The female was detained for questioning and the baby was turned over to a relative at the scene.
This incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to contact (609) 641-6100 or Crime Stoppers with information.
The names of those in custody had not been released as of 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Riggin thanked the help of the callers and credits the police department’s relationship with residents to the increased community outreach programs initiated by Chief Ruiz.
“This verifies and confirms the huge community outreach programs we have had since he has become chief,” Riggin said. “It’s easily twice as many events as before.”
Recently, the Pleasantville Police Department along with members of several other area departments, conducted a targeted enforcement and outreach in the area near where Wednesday’s events took place. The police department also partnered in the city's annual National Night Out celebration last month that was the biggest in history.
“We have a good relationship with the public,” Riggin said. “We want to be as big of a part of the community as we can.”
Riggin also credited Chief Ruiz, who doesn’t hide behind a desk.
“He goes above and beyond,” Riggin said. “He answers calls. He’ll direct traffic.”
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