Atlantic City police arrested three men and recovered a loaded handgun Friday afternoon when a detective spotted a wanted man.

Terrance Dismuke, 20, and Tajai Hicks-Anderson, 18, were in the area of Carver Hall at about 1:50 p.m., when Detective Steve Melchiore recognized Dismuke as having a June 6 warrant for promoting prostitution, Sgt. Daniel Corcoran said.

When Melchiore tried to stop Dismuke, both men ran into different buildings at Carver Hall, Corcoran said. Detective William Warner saw Hicks-Anderson clutching a handgun in his waistband as he ran, and he was arrested inside an apartment with a loaded handgun and marijuana.

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The SWAT team was called to try to get Dismuke from the apartment of Whitley Turner, where he was locked inside. But before SWAT arrived, he and Anthony Vaughn came out on their own and surrendered to K-9 Officer Salvatore Rando and his partner, Duke, according to the report.

Hicks-Anderson, who lives in the city, was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun during a drug offense, possession of hollow-point bullets, obstruction of justice and drug offenses.

Dismuke, also a city resident, was jailed on the warrant and also charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. His bail is set at $150,000.

Vaughn, 19, of Galloway Township, was arrested after police found he had outstanding warrants.

Turner, 23, was also charged with hindering apprehension.

Detectives Steve Palamaro, James Herbert, Will Herrerias and Paul Petinga, along with members of the Alpha Patrol assisted in the arrests.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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