2003-01-09 / Top Stories

BayView Houses Arrests Help Rid Streets Of More Illegal Guns

By Charles Rogers

By Charles Rogers

Photos of captured guns are displayed at 69th Precinct.       Charles RogersPhotos of captured guns are displayed at 69th Precinct. Charles Rogers

Continuing a pattern of cracking down on illegal weapons in the area, a police officer from the 69th Precinct last weekend arrested a suspect who had allegedly been firing a handgun off the roof of a BayView Houses building.

Captain Robert Johnsen, commanding officer of the precinct, said Police Officer Thomas Vanschuyler who is assigned to the local Anti-Crime Unit, was executing a search warrant on Saturday, January 5 on a man who lives a few blocks from the housing project, for unlawful possession of marijuana. The suspect’s name was not released.

"While interrogating the man," Johnsen said, "Vanschuyler discovered that Corey Terry, 22, who lives in a BayView apartment on East 102nd Street, had been shooting it ‘at random’ the previous evening."

Vanschuyler said it was also revealed that Terry allegedly willingly showed others that he had a steel safe inside his apartment where he stored the firearm along with a second handgun.

Based on that information, a search warrant was obtained and Vanschuyler, along with his fellow Anti-Crime Unit officers, raided the suspect’s apartment at 6 a.,m. Sunday, discovering a loaded .22 caliber revolver and a loaded .9mm semiautomatic firearm.

Terry was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Captain Johnsen said both weapons had been defaced so that serial numbers and other identifying marks could not be recognized.

In a similar incident, another Anti-Crime Unit officer, P.O. Timothy Seward, said he was questioning a suspect in a criminal trespass case last Saturday and was informed that a firearm was observed inside the apartment and the mailbox of two other residents of a BayView apartment, apparently unrelated to the first incident. Based on the information he learned, Seward obtained a search warrant and, last Tuesday morning the apartment of Jason Williams, 20, and Shamel Peters, 21, was searched and a defaced .38 caliber revolver, a "substantial quantity" of crack cocaine and $669 cash was discovered and taken as evidence. Williams and Peters were charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

"We’ve continued our heavy crackdown on guns in the area," said Captain Johnsen. "It’s a well known fact that, as we take away these unlawful guns, robberies at gunpoint here and throughout Brooklyn decrease. After all, that’s what we’re after — a decrease in crime. My officers are to be commended for keeping up the pressure on those individuals who have illegal weapons."

He said anyone who has information on an illegal guns is asked ton call the precinct at 257-6211. Johnsen said callers can be assured their calls will be kept strictly confidential.

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