Clifton Police Chase Down, Tackle Ex-Con With Loaded Gun

CLIFTON, N.J. -- Clifton police investigating a burglary report found an ex-con carrying a loaded gun in his backpack, authorities said Monday.

<p>Shakor Twitty</p>

Shakor Twitty

Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy CLIFTON PD

Officers searching the area for someone who'd just fled a Lorrie Lane home after breaking in spotted Shakor Twitty, 34, of Newark on Main Avenue near Ridgelawn Cemetery around 8 p.m. Friday, Detective Lt. Robert Bracken said.

Twitty saw Detectives John Kavakich and Samuel Arnowitz and took behind CP's Deli into the wooded area near Bridewell Place, Bracken said.

As he ran, Twitty tossed the backpack over a fence, the lieutenant said.

The detectives tackled Twitty moments later, then found the loaded weapon in the bag.

Twitty was released without bail from the Passaic County Jail on Saturday following a bail hearing, records show.

He's charged with various weapons possession counts -- including being a convicted felon in possesson of a firearm -- as well as reisting arrest and possession of a large-capacity magazine.

"There is no indication that he was involved in the burglary on Lorrie Lane," Bracken said.

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