Police Chief Rod Foley is happy that a concerned resident and quick police response removed two guns and the thief carrying those weapons from the streets.
Police arrested Floyd McDuffie, 19, of West Delason Avenue, after a chase with police Tuesday. He is charged with carrying concealed weapons, resisting arrest, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence.
McDuffie is in Mahoning County jail. He is set to appear Wednesday before Judge Robert Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court.
According to police, a concerned resident called police about two black males wearing dark-colored clothes kicking in the rear door to a house in the 500 block of West Boston Avenue. The two men entered the house but were there only a short time before leaving.
Officer Joseph Moran, responding to the call, noticed two males wearing dark clothes and fitting the description of the burglary suspects walking along Hudson Avenue. The officer stopped to question the two men, but they began running, one dropping a laptop that had been hidden under the hooded sweat shirt he was wearing.
Moran reported the man, later identified as McDuffie, who dropped the laptop then pulled a small handgun from his waistband as he ran from the officer. Moran and other responding officers lost sight of McDuffie for a short period of time, but had set up a perimeter around the area to keep the man boxed in.
McDuffie was later found hiding under a porch in the 400 block of Almyra Avenue. He attempted to run again but was cornered and handcuffed by police.
Police found the gun McDuffie had been carrying inside an abandoned house near a broken window where it had been thrown. Police, upon searching McDuffie, found a second smaller handgun in his pockets about which he stated, “If I would have remembered that one I would have pitched it.”
Foley said removing two guns from the streets possibly saved lives in the future.
“It is astonishing how many people we arrest with these firearms,” the chief said. “We are glad to have this guy off the streets. If he is out there committing burglaries with these guns, there is no telling what he is capable of doing.”
The other man seen with McDuffie got away.