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Suspect arrested after trying to hide loaded gun from police during traffic stop in Utica

A Utica man is facing weapons charges after police found a gun during a traffic stop Monday night.

Posted: Sep 28, 2021 10:27 AM
Updated: Sep 28, 2021 5:28 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – A Utica man is facing weapons charges after police found a gun during a traffic stop Monday night.

Officers with the Crime Prevention Unit stopped a vehicle on Square Street near Johnson Park around 9:05 p.m. and noticed the back seat passenger seemed nervous and was trying to hide a small bag under the seat in front of him.

David Cruz Hernandez

Police asked the man, later identified as 28-year-old David Cruz Hernandez, to step out of the vehicle. Officers seized the bag and found a loaded 9mm ghost gun with 21 rounds in an extended magazine. 

Hernandez was then arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.

 

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