FALL RIVER — Two Fall River men have been arrested and an illegal handgun seized after police broke up a group of people on the Quequechan Rail Trail late Thursday night.

Police said that vice and gang unit detectives were conducting surveillance near the rail trail in response to a recent increase in people trespassing on the trail after its 9 p.m. closing time.

At around 11 p.m. Thursday, the detectives saw a group of around six to eight people congregating on the trail.

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According to police, the group scattered when the detectives approached.

Two department members said they made contact with 29-year-old Eric Jones, who they said kept his hands in the kangaroo pouch of his sweatshirt.

A pat-frisk of Jones eventually turned up a loaded Glock 43 handgun, police said.

Jones was arrested and charged with trespassing and carrying a loaded firearm without a license, among other charges.

Police said 29-year-old Aaron McDermott was also arrested on outstanding warrants for a variety of offenses including possessing a class A and a class B drug, breaking and entering, trespassing, and vandalism.

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