Four teens arrested in Poughkeepsie for gun possession

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Four teenagers have been arrested by Poughkeepsie City Police after the car in which they were riding was stopped for several vehicle violations.

Police stopped the vehicle in the area of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue just before 10:30 p.m. on Saturday because it had switched plates, a suspended registration and no insurance. Officers observed a handgun protruding from under the front passenger seat resulting in all four occupants being taken into custody.

The driver, Ahjanay Sanders, 19, was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and several vehicle and traffic violations. She was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail.

The front seat passenger, a 17-year-old, was charged as an adult with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned and released to the custody of his parents and ordered to appear in the Youth Part of Dutchess County Court.

One of the backseat passengers, a 17-year-old girl, was charged with two counts of weapons possession. She was arraigned and released to the custody of her aunt and ordered to appear in the Youth Part of Dutchess County Court. Police said she will also be charged in family court with criminal mischief for destroying a set of blinds in the interview room of the police station.

The other backseat passenger, a 15-year-old girl, was issued an appearance ticket to family court for the same weapons charges.