York City Police: Six arrested on gun charges

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
York City Police investigate a reported shooting in the 100 block of South Pershing Avenue in York City, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York City Police have arrested six people on gun-related charges in recent weeks, the department announced in a news release.

"The York City Police Department has been working diligently over the last few weeks to remove firearms that are unlawfully possessed from the streets of York City," according to the release.

Most of the arrests happened during traffic stops.

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Kaewan Mishawn Matthews, 26, faces a felony charge of carrying a firearm without a license during a traffic violation, police said.

Matthews was pulled over about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the area of Boundary Avenue and Queen Street, according to the release.

"The vehicle failed to yield and after a brief vehicle pursuit, the driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was apprehended," the release states.

Matthews had a .357 Glock semi-automatic pistol, police said. 

Gerald Steven Williams Jr.

Another man faces a felony charge of being in possession of a prohibited firearm, also as a result of a traffic stop, police said.

Officers "recognized suspicious activity from a vehicle"  on Feb. 19 and tried to investigate, according to the release.

Police said Gerald Steven Williams Jr., 32, fled and resisted arrest and that he had a stolen SCCY 9 mm semi-automatic pistol.

On Feb. 22, police responded to the 700 block of West Poplar Street for a report of a shooting.

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"Officers found that the suspect had run into a nearby business and hid," according to the release.

James Junior Perez II, 29, was eventually arrested and charged with being in possession of a prohibited firearm.

Officers recovered a 9mm gun that police believe Perez used in the shooting, which damaged several properties in the neighborhood, police said.

Saquan Shamel Darby, 29, was arrested Feb. 24 in the 600 block of West King Street on a charge of carrying a firearm without a license.

Police recovered a Ruger 22LR revolver, according to the release.

Miguel Matias Perez
Luis Miguel Class-Vazquez

Two other men were also charged Feb. 24 with carrying a firearm without a license.

Miguel Perez and Luis Miguel Class-Vazquez, both 22, were arrested following a traffic stop in the area of 901 W. Princess St., police said.

The Group Violence Initiative law enforcement team carried out a search warrant on a car and seized a 1911 .45 caliber and a Glock 20, both semi-automatic pistols, according to the release.