Atlantic City Police Department

ATLANTIC CITY — Three teenagers from Philadelphia and one Atlantic City man were arrested Tuesday and police recovered two loaded handguns in two separate incidents.

At 7:35 p.m., Officers Ermindo Marsini and Robert Reynolds responded to the 2400 block of Atlantic Avenue after a stolen car taken from Northfield earlier in the day was found by its owners, police said in a news release. The car was parked at a restaurant, which police did not identify.

Jordan Barreto, 19, and an unidentified 16-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy, all from Philadelphia, were arrested, police said.

As they were leaving the restaurant, Officer Malik Tolbert grabbed the girl’s jacket from the chair she was sitting in and found a handgun loaded with hollow-point ammunition, police said. She also initially gave false information about her identity to officers, police said.

Barreto was charged with theft by means of conveyance, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow-point ammunition, giving a firearm to a juvenile, use of a juvenile in commission of a crime and hindering apprehension. He was taken to the Atlantic County jail.

The girl was charged with theft by means of conveyance, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow-point ammunition and hindering apprehension.

The boy, who had an active warrant for his arrest in Philadelphia and was in possession of marijuana, was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and being a fugitive from justice, police said.

The juveniles were taken to the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center in Egg Harbor City.

Then, at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Detectives Alberto Valles, Nick Berardis and Chris Smith stopped a car at Tennessee and Caspian avenues after seeing the driver, Keaon Horton, of Atlantic City, police said. Horton’s driving privileges are suspended.

During the stop, detectives found a handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets and marijuana in the car, police said.

Horton, 22, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow-point ammunition, certain person not to possess a weapon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and motor vehicle offenses. He was taken to the Atlantic County jail.

Contact: 609-272-7241 mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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