Cops take illegal gun off man on Main Street


POUGHKEEPSIE – A 42-year-old Poughkeepsie resident with a lengthy criminal record was arrested on Thursday after police observed him pointing a gun at a person on Main Street.  He was arrested after a brief foot pursuit and is facing felony weapons charges.


Two City of Poughkeepsie officers assigned to the Community Policing Unit were patrolling Main Street Thursday morning and spotted a man pointing a gun at another person on the 400 block of Main Street.  The officers confronted the suspect who then pointed the weapon at them before fleeing from the scene on foot.


Police Captain Richard Wilson said that the two officers called for assistance and then pursued the suspect.  He was located a short time later, hiding in the laundry room of 445 Main Street. The suspect, identified as Antwann Mayo, was taken into custody without further incident.


Officers recovered an illegal handgun in the suspect’s possession. He is facing felony weapons and menacing charges.  Mayo is a four-time felon on parole for a previous weapons conviction.


Mayor Rob Rolison called the two Community Policing officers “heroes” and said, “This is an example of the risks every one of our officers faces on a daily basis.  They confronted a man who was poised to shoot another person and they intervened.  Not only did they prevent a shooting but they chased the armed suspect, arrested him, and took another gun off the streets.  That’s great police work.”

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