PATERSON NJ Jan 3 2017 -- A Passaic County corrections officer stopped a robbery on the way to work Sunday.
Corrections Officer Anthony Bua saw Xiair Lampley, 20, knock a man to the ground Sunday night on Main Street in Paterson, Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.
Lampley, a Paterson resident, pointed a handgun at the man's face as he stood over him, Berdnik said. Bua, who was driving to work in full uniform, got out of his car, identified himself and aimed his weapon at Lampley, Berdnick said.
Lampley stepped away from the man and ran, Berdnik said. Bua ordered Lampley to stop near a security gate, he said.
Lampley dropped the gun through the gate, Berdnik said. Bua ordered Lampley to the ground with his hands behind his back and called Paterson Police, he said.
The Paterson Police Officer who responded found the gun, which turned out to have been an imitation, Berdnik said. Lampley was arrested and charged with possession of an imitation firearm for unlawful purpose and robbery.
Lampley was sent to Passaic County Jail.
"I want to commend Officer Bua for his quick action, in stopping a crime and then making an arrest," Bua said.