ATLANTIC CITY – An Absecon man was arrested and charged of possession of a handgun Wednesday after an officer stopped a vehicle driven by his friend, a police report said.

According to the report, Atlantic City Officer Anthony Abrams was patrolling the area of the 1300 block of Magellan Avenue when he recognized a driver in the vehicle next to his as Fateen Gaines, an Atlantic City man Abrams knew had had his driving privileges suspended.  

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Gaines allegedly sped up and tried to elude Abrams, but was unsuccessful and a subsequent stop resulted in the arrest of Bowman, the passenger, who was found to be in possession of a handgun, the report said.

While being taken into custody, Bowman allegedly punched Abrams in the chest. He was quickly subdued and taken into custody. 

Officer Joshua L. Vadell also sustained a minor injury in his right shoulder during the struggle to gain control of Bowman, the report said. 

Bowman was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, aggravated assault on police and resisting arrest.

He was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility and bail was set by Judge Billie Moore at $50,000.00. 

A female was also in the vehicle at the time of the stop. She was interviewed and released.  Gaines was issued two traffic summons and was released.

-Elisa Lala

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