Gun arrests have more than doubled on Staten Island this 12 months. Where were they? What does it imply? (crime evaluation)

STAY SAFE, STATEN ICELAND: This story is part of a series that examines crime trends in communities in our district.

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – A loaded, sawed-off pump-action shotgun.

An AR15 rifle. A machine gun.

These are just a few of the scary firearms the New York Police Department seized from Staten Islanders in the first three months of 2021, when gun arrests in the community more than doubled compared to the same period last year, according to the NYPD.

There were 43 arrests in the community that year, compared with 17 last year.

“It’s good news and bad news. It is good news that we are making the arrests. The DA team is working very, very hard on bail, but the bad news is that there are more guns on Staten Island, ”NYPD deputy chief Frank Vega, the commander of the NYPD, told in a recent interview the Staten Island Advance / SILive .com.

Vega said many of these arrests came from the public security team, which is made up of newly assigned members of the controversial former anti-crime unit who used to work in plain clothes.

“[They] I still have the same enthusiasm for police work, ”he said. “You’re still out there.”

“Any gun tracking is greatly enhanced by detectives and members of the intelligence department,” explained Vega. “We want to find out everything about this weapon, we want to find out everything about this person who carries this weapon, affiliations, whether they are gangs, narcotics, whatever these connections are, so that we can close these gaps and bring all people associated with it together behind bars. “

The 120th district leads the district with a total of 20 arrests, which, according to the police authority, corresponds to 47% of the total.

Speaking at a meeting with the Van Duzer Civic Association in early March, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the North Shore district had increased gun arrests year-over-year and that the NYPD “would send more officials to fight the top with the right intelligence . “

Although Shea was concerned about the increase in gun arrests in the 120th district, she was optimistic about the work of the police in the district.

“The detectives assigned to Staten Island are some of the best [in the city]”Said the commissioner, adding that District Attorney Michael E. McMahon” was one of the best partners we have in New York City. “

“We remain extremely concerned about the level of violence we have witnessed in parts of Staten Island over the past year and a half, particularly where illegal weapons are used,” McMahon said in a statement to Advance / SILive .com. “My office recognized this as a growing problem early on and worked closely with our community and law enforcement partners to develop new initiatives and allocate more resources to keeping people safe on Staten Island.”

McMahon added that the neighborhood action plans and convening community meetings organized by his office are “an important resource in addressing this and many other serious issues on Staten Island.”

District 121 followed with 16 arrests, representing 37% of all arrests in the first three months of the year.

The 122nd and 123rd Districts had lower numbers of gun arrests, with five and two police records showing, respectively.


Although police did not specify specific locations for all 43 arrests, Staten Island Advance / has reported 23 cases in which the NYPD has confiscated everything from rifles and machine guns to loaded pistols.

Here are the locations and details of these incidents:

In 19 of the 23 cases reported by Staten Island Advance /, the main allegation was gun possession.

In one example, police arrested a man on January 9 after issuing a search warrant in Stapleton.

During the raid, the police recovered three different firearms, including a machine gun.

The NYPD pointed to a gun confiscation on the north coast.

On another occasion on February 24th, police raided a home in Oakwood where they found a .38 caliber revolver, a .45 caliber loaded pistol, an AR15 with 30 cartridges in the magazine, and a. 22 found four speed loaders, four 45 caliber magazines and four AR15 magazines, according to the criminal complaint.


The NYPD released this photo of guns allegedly confiscated during the raid on an Oakwood home in February. (NYPD)

The remaining four gun-related arrests involved two cases where the main charge was murder, but police also brought gun charges. One arrest was an attempted murder, in which the police also brought charges of illegal gun possession.

In one case, a man was charged with pointing a gun at a 20-year-old man, a 16-year-old girl, and an 18-year-old woman.

Mariners Harbor and New Brighton were the hardest hit neighborhoods, with five and four arrests respectively. This is based on an analysis based on reports from Staten Island Advance /

“My office takes all firearms cases incredibly seriously, and we continue to strive to fully prosecute anyone who picks up an illegal weapon,” said McMahon.

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