Top aide of gun-control advocate Bill de Blasio is arrested on weapon charges after she’s found in a car with a loaded pistol near the scene of a shooting in Queens
An aide of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has been arrested after she was found in a car with a loaded gun near the scene of a shooting.
Police found Reagan Stevens, 42, sitting in the back of a double-parked car in Jamaica, Queens, near where an NYPD ‘ShotSpotter’ device had just detected five gunshots on Saturday night.
The deputy director at the mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after a nine-mm gun with the serial number scratched off and a shell casing were found in the 2002 Infiniti’s glove compartment, officials said.
Bill de Blasio aide Reagan Stevens, 42, has been arrested for gun charges after being found with a loaded weapon near the scene of a shooting in Queens
Two men she was with, Montel Hughes, 24, and driver Caesar Forbes, 25, are also accused of gun charges as well as of carrying knives at the time of their arrest.
The city’s Office of Criminal Justice told the New York Daily News Reagan has been suspended without pay from her job.
‘We take these allegations very seriously,’ said the statement.
Sources told the New York Post surveillance cameras captured the five shots being fired from the Infiniti. Moreover, the gun found in the car has an eight-round magazine and had three rounds left in it
De Blasio is notoriously pro gun control: Just last month he joined a student walkout in Brooklyn as students demanded stricter gun laws (pictured)
Stevens and her two companions waited to be arraigned on Sunday at Queens Criminal Court, where her mother Deborah Stevens Modica has served as a judge for more than 20 years.
Her stepdad Salvatore Modica is an acting Queens Supreme Court justice.
Stevens’ main job at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice is implementing a 2007 law that raises the age at which children can be charges as adults for non-violent crimes from 16 to 18.
She earns more than $90,000 a year as director of Youth and Strategic Initiatives at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
There is obviously more to this story than is being reported here, I can only hope there is some real muckraking done by someone about exactly what was going on with Ms. Stevens and her, ahem, associates.