Aberdeen police arrest man for illegal firearm possession after Center Deen Avenue incident Friday

Aberdeen Police have charged man with firearms-related offenses stemming from a search warrant obtained after an incident on Center Deen Avenue on Friday afternoon, but it is unclear if the individual was directly involved in the original complaint from a female who said a man pointed a gun at her.

Maurice Antoine Allen, 30, of the 300 block of Center Deen Ave., was arrested Friday evening after a handgun with the serial number etched out was recovered in his home during the execution of a search warrant, according to a news release from the police department. Allen is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a 2007 conviction for possession of a concealed deadly weapon in Baltimore, according to charging documents.

Allen is charged with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and knowingly altering a firearms identification number, according to online court records.

He was initially held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center, but was released on his own recognizance Monday after a bail review hearing in Harford County District Court.

No attorney is listed for Allen in electronic court records and a phone number for him could not be immediately located. A trial is scheduled for July 1, according to online court records.

Just before 1 p.m. on Friday, Aberdeen police officers responded to the 300 block of Center Deen Avenue for a 9-1-1 call from a woman who said a man pointed a gun at her while she outside with a child, according to police.

The woman was at a friend’s house next door when a small child she was responsible for ran into the neighbor’s yard. When the woman entered the yard to gather the child, she got into a verbal argument with a black male, who then produced a firearm and pointed it at her, according to charging documents. The man followed her until she re-entered her friend’s house, according to charging documents.

Officers established a perimeter and additional personnel from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and Havre de Grace police responded to assist.

Because it was unclear if the man was still inside the residence or had fled, the neighborhood was locked down and a tactical approach to locate the man was initiated, police said.

Detectives from Aberdeen’s Criminal Investigation Division obtained a search warrant for the residence, which was executed by the Special Response Team.

During the investigation, Aberdeen detectives made contact with the tenants of the home, Allen and a female. Allen mentioned a BB gun under the mattress in the bedroom, according to charging documents.

When detectives went into the room to recover the BB gun, a loaded .45-caliber handgun was also found under the bed in the master bedroom. The serial number was etched out and one round was in the chamber, according to charging documents.

Allen later told police about a potential suspect named “Michael Johnson” who was in possession of the firearm, according to the documents. Allen told police he was present for the incident with the female, but that Johnson was in possession of the firearm. He said Johnson went upstairs to use the bathroom following the incident and later left the location, according to the charging documents.

The female living with Allen told police she was aware of the BB gun, but not the handgun.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

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