Police say they recovered this gun during a bike stop last week. Photo: BPD

Police who chased a man on probation who ran from them during a bike stop last week say they recovered a gun he tossed over a fence before he was arrested.

On Thursday just before 9:30 p.m., police stopped a man riding a bicycle in the 1600 block of 62nd Street (near Occidental Street) on suspicion of a vehicle code violation, said Officer Byron White, BPD spokesman.

When police tried to talk with the man, he “suddenly ran away,” BPD said in a prepared statement. Officers quickly caught up with him when he tried to climb a fence, BPD said. “When the officers pulled the bicyclist from the fence, the bicyclist discarded something” over it. On the other side of the fence, BPD officers found a handgun, according to authorities.

Police identified the arrested man as 24-year-old Juan Pablo Gama of Berkeley. He was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed handgun, which is a felony, resisting arrest and probation violation.

Gama is being held at Berkeley Jail on $45,000 bail and is set for arraignment Tuesday, according to court records online.

Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...