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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
February 07, 2012

SOUTH CAROLINA MAN INDICTED FOR CARRYING LOADED SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS INSIDE MANHATTAN SUBWAY STATION

Defendant Also Accused of Intending to Sell Stolen Weapons

 

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of REGGIE ALLEN, 34, for carrying two loaded semi-automatic guns and a magazine with 34 bullets in the clip inside the Times Square subway station with the intent to sell them. ALLEN is charged with four counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, and two counts of Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree. He is also charged with one count of Theft of Services and one count of Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree.[1]  
 
“This case demonstrates why it is so important to maintain New York’s strong gun laws,” said District Attorney Vance. “There is a clear and real danger in bringing guns into New York City. Here, the defendant is charged with carrying two loaded semi-automatic weapons inside a crowded subway station on New Year’s Day, which is a cause for concern for every straphanger. He is also accused of intending to sell these dangerous weapons, potentially contributing to gun violence on our streets. The public safety risks created by this conduct are much more severe in a bustling city like New York than in a rural area. 
 
“New York’s carefully drawn gun laws allow prosecutors to evaluate the facts and circumstances in each case to make sure that guns are not in the hands of criminals, but they also allow us to reduce the charges in cases where justice dictates leniency. Stripping New York of the discretion to determine who can carry concealed weapons threatens the safety of our residents, visitors, and the law enforcement community.” 
 
According to the complaint and statements made on the record in court, on January 1, 2012, ALLEN walked through the exit gate without paying inside the subway station at West 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. When an NYPD officer apprehended ALLEN on the platform, the officer found a fully loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the defendant’s waistband, along with a magazine clip loaded with nine bullets. The officer who searched ALLEN’S duffel bag also found a Tec-9 semi-automatic pistol and a separate magazine with 34 bullets. The serial numbers on both pistols were defaced. ALLEN, who admitted to stealing these weapons in Maryland, is also charged with intending to resell the guns and ammunition in New York City.
 
Assistant District Attorney Tatiana Amlin is handing the prosecution under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney William Mahoney, Chief of Trial Bureau 60.  
 
Defendant Information:
 
REGGIE ALLEN, D.O.B. 1/26/1978
Columbia, SC
 
Charges: 
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 4 counts
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 2 counts
Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree (Possession with Intent to Sell), a class D felony, 2 counts 
Theft of Services, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count 
Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree, 1 count 
 
[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 
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