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EIGHT CHARGED WITH WEAPONS POSSESSION

July 19, 2019

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION 19-056 
 
For Immediate Release                                                                        July 19, 2019  
 
ALBANY, NY – Eight Albany residents have been charged with possessing two handguns and a sawed off rifle following a search warrant yesterday afternoon on Third Avenue. 
 
On Thursday, July 18, 2019 at approximately 1:15 p.m., officers responded to the area of Third Avenue and Teunis Street for a report of shots fired. Shortly after the call, a second call was received for a three-year-old who had been shot in the arm nearby. 
 
Upon their arrival, officers were directed to a home on Third Avenue west of Elizabeth Street where a group had been seen entering following the shots. Eight individuals were subsequently taken into custody at the home and following a search warrant, a .45 caliber handgun, .38 caliber revolver and a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle were all recovered from inside.  
 
The .45 caliber handgun was also reported stolen on October 10, 2018 out of Danville, Virginia. 
 
All eight, including a 15-year-old and three 16-year-olds whose names will not be released due to their age, were charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th. 
 
The names of the others arrested are as follows: 

  • Daron Simmons, 17, of Albany 
  • Eric Kersey, 17, of Albany 
  • Michael Thompson, 19, of Albany 
  • Kayontee Bartee, 21, of Albany 

At this time there are no charges or arrests made in connection with the actual shooting incident and the investigation remains ongoing. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detective Division at 518-462-8039. 
 
Those who wish to provide anonymous information may also submit tips to Capital Region Crime Stoppers at www.capitalregioncrimestoppers.com or by downloading the free P3 Tips mobile app.  
 
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