Rahway Man Arrested On Gun Charge

LINDEN – Police arrested a Rahway man on a gun charge after stopping him for carelessly riding a bicycle on Cleveland Avenue last week, authorities said.

Cordell Pettis, 21, was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and obstruction, according to police.


Officers Javier Perez and Monika Sakowicz stopped Pettis at 9:16 p.m. on Sept. 1 when they noticed him weaving through traffic on his bicycle while talking on a cell phone, police said. The officers noticed Pettis adjusting a bulge near his waistband as he stepped off his bicycle, police said.

When the officers asked Pettis to put his hands on the hood of their patrol car, he took off running onto the 1100 block of Roselle Street, police said. The officers saw Pettis allegedly pull a silver revolver from his waistband and throw it under a pickup truck in front of Mike’s Tavern. Sakowicz retrieved the weapon, a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber handgun, police said.

Perez apprehended Pettis after chasing him another half-block, police said. In addition to the weapon and obstruction charges, Pettis was issued several traffic summonses. He was being held on $45,000 bail.

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