Madison police said they prevented a potentially dangerous gang-related situation early Sunday morning when a tip led them to a house party and ultimately six arrests.

A loaded handgun and a sword were recovered from a car police stopped shortly after it left the house party in the 1500 block of Trailsway at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, police said in a news release.

Maurice Bowman Jr., 17, was tentatively charged with operating a vehicle without the owner's consent for driving a stolen SUV.

Five men in the car — Lucas Anderson, 18, Aquille Lowe, 18, Marsean Taylor, 19, Hanife Johnson, 19 and Javaris Nunn, 20 — were tentatively charged with trespassing at the Trailsway address.

"Information had developed about possible trouble at a social gathering in the 1500 block of Trailsway where a party was being held," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain in the release.

Officers, including those assigned to the crime prevention and gang unit, went to the scene of the house party, just in time to see a car and an SUV leave.

"Both vehicles were stopped, with Bowman arrested for driving the stolen SUV," DeSpain said.

The five men were in the car, where the handgun and the 15- to 18-inch Japanese style sword were discovered under the driver's seat, police said.

The investigation is continuing.

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