Man Brandishes Gun In Co-op City Building Lobby - Two Arrested
In a bizarre set of charges and counter-charges resulting from a series of altercations in Co-op City Building 5B, two men, one in his 60s and another in his 20s, ended up being placed under arrest, the older man for felony gun possession charges.
According to Chief Frank Apollo, commander of the Co-op City Public Safety Department, the series of events came to the attention of Public Safety when the older man came to Public Safety headquarters displaying cuts and bruises on his head charging that he was just assaulted by another man in Coop City Building 5B.
An investigation into the man's claim ensued with Detectives J. Lugo and M. Driska finding a man in the basement of the building who, when questioned, confessed to the assault and was arrested and charged accordingly. But during follow-up questioning, the man, a non Co-op City resident who is reportedly in a relationship with a female resident of that building, claimed that his victim also pulled a gun on him during a confrontation in the lobby after the initial assault.
The detectives then reviewed video surveillance taken in that lobby that day and found images in which the older man displayed a gun during a follow-up confrontation.
According to the detectives, the older man who first reported the assault on him was further questioned by Det. J. Monahan, and, according to the investigating detectives, he confessed to displaying the gun and gave detectives the whereabouts of the gun which he said was in his car parked in a Co-op City garage.
Chief Frank Apollo said that his department then consulted with the Bronx DA's office which advised that the man with the gun should be placed under arrest. A search warrant was then obtained and executed on Saturday morning, January 28, 2016 and a 25-caliber gun was found in the glove compartment of the man's car.
After the weapon was found, the detectives said, the older man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, both C-class felonies, among other charges.
The younger man ended up being charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment, according to the detectives. Holdover proceedings against the resident were set in motion by Riverbay following his arrest.
Earlier this week, Chief Apollo said: "I would like to commend the thorough investigation conducted by our anti-crime officers. Because of their dedication and steadfast attitude, a firearm has been removed off the streets of the community. Every time a law enforcement officer removes a firearm from society, they preserve lives and that, in and of itself, is an exemplary act of heroism."
By Bill Stuttig
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