Six arrested in Albany as 6 illegal guns seized
ALBANY Albany police arrested six people and recovered six illegal firearms last week:
u Around 12:30 a.m. Jan. 6, officers approached a large group in front of the Port Tavern at 427 S. Pearl St. Willie Morris of 142 Franklin St. allegedly fled on foot and discarded a loaded .22-caliber handgun before being arrested. The recovered handgun was reported stolen Sept. 16, 2011, in Florida. Morris was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of criminal possession of stolen property.
u On Jan. 7, an officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Washington Avenue and Dove Street for a traffic violation. Police found both .38-caliber and .357-caliber handguns inside the vehicle. The .38 had been reported stolen to the Rutland, Vt., Police Department. Carsen Eckhardt, 24, of Rutland was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana.
u Around 1 p.m. Jan. 8, members of the Albany Police Community Response Unit executed a search warrant at 107 Lark St. and recovered a .357-caliber handgun. Willie Hartfield, 62, who lives at that address, was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
u Around 5:45 p.m. Jan. 9, officers responded to 8 St. Joseph’s Terrace for a report of a disturbance. During their search, they found a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle inside the home with two fully loaded magazines. Yessenia Vasquez, 24, of 7 St. Joseph’s Terrance was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
u On Jan. 10, officers recovered a .410-gauge shotgun during their investigation of a commercial robbery. Around 1 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Henry Johnson Boulevard and arrested Jahaad Heath, 22, of 11A Early Drive, Watervliet, and Aaron Jeffrey, 21, of 73 Linden Ave., Schenectady, for their alleged role in a string of commercial holdups in the city of Albany. The shotgun was believed to have been used in the robberies.
All six people were arraigned in the Albany City Criminal Court.