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Four arrested, three guns recovered during arrests in Belltown

Four men are in jail and three handguns are off the street after bicycle officers made the arrests while monitoring bar closing in Belltown early this morning.

At around 2:00 am, bike officers were in the 2100 Block of 1st Avenue, watching over things as the bars were closing.  One of the officers was approached by the victim of a car prowl.  The victim provided a detailed description of the suspects and their last known location.  The bike officers quickly found the suspects inside a parked car in a nearby parking lot and contacted them.  During that contact, the person seated in the driver’s seat was found to be in possession of a handgun in his waistband.  He did not have a permit to carry a gun, so he was arrested.  The other three individuals in the car were arrested for theft, property damage and vehicle prowling.  One of the suspects was found to be in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine. Officers also located a stolen handgun inside the car.

Earlier in the evening, the officers had cited five cars for being illegally parked in a bus zone in the 100 Block of Blanchard Street.  Three of those cars were impounded by a towing company.  During an inventory search of the impounded cars, the tow company employees located a handgun inside one of the cars.  An officer responded to the tow lot to recover the gun.  The guns were recovered during bar closing, which most likely prevented a shooting from occurring.