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A gun confiscated by officers of the 104th Precinct during an arrest on July 15 in Ridgewood.

Police took a gun off the streets and arrested four alleged gang members who harassed a man in Ridgewood during a recent bust.

According to authorities, a 42-year old man was walking near Palmetto Street and St. Nicholas Avenue at approximately 9:45 p.m. on July 15 when the four suspects began screaming obscenities at him. The perpetrators allegedly grabbed the victim by the collar and displayed a cane before fleeing in a gold 2008 Toyota Camry, police said.

Officers from the 104th Precinct Conditions Unit responded to the incident and observed a vehicle fitting the description with a broken passenger side tail light, according to sources familiar with the investigation. When the officers stopped the vehicle, further investigation revealed the suspects were in possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, a cane, an expandable baton and a .22-caliber revolver, authorities said.

Police took the driver, Luis Flores, 20, and the passengers Alberto Lopez, 21, Cesar Ramos, 23, and Andres Lopez, 20, into custody.

Flores has been charged with five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack), criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, criminal possession of a firearm, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the second degree and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is being held on $30,000 bond and $15,000 cash bail.

Alberto Lopez has been charged with five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack), criminal possession of a firearm, three counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is being held on $5,000 bond and $2,000 cash bail.

Cesar Ramos has been charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, attempted robbery in the second degree, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, criminal possession of a firearm, menacing in the second degree, attempted assault with intent to cause injury, five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack) and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is being held on $35,000 bond and $20,000 cash bail.

Andres Lopez has been charged with five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack), criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, criminal possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is being held on $10,000 bond and $5,000 cash bail.

All four suspects are due back in court on July 20.

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