NEW YORK – A criminal justice aide for anti-gun fanatic Mayor Bill de Blasio was arrested for illegal weapons possession.
The mayor’s aide charged with riding around with a loaded gun was nabbed in an SUV that reeked of marijuana, according to a criminal complaint.
Reagan Stevens, 42, was in the back seat of the 2002 Infiniti when she and two others were reportedly caught with the loaded 9mm Hi-Point semi-automatic handgun tucked in a green velvet bag in the glove compartment, court papers said.
According to the New York Post, police officers noticed there was a “strong odor of marijuana” wafting from the SUV, which was double-parked in Jamaica, Queens, near the scene of a shooting Saturday night.
Stevens works as a deputy director in the mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. The Bay Ridge resident manages youth and strategic initiatives, including implementing a state law that will raise the age at which kids can be prosecuted as adults for nonviolent crimes from 16 to 18.
So you might say she’s set a fine example for the teens she was hired to keep out of jail. … Although in all fairness, we should wait to hear her defense.
Moreover, her mother, Deborah Stevens, is a Queens Criminal Court judge and her stepfather is an acting Queens Supreme Court justice.
The firearm was loaded. It contained two rounds in the magazine and one round was chambered, according to sources for the Post.
Additionally, a spent casing was found on the driver’s-side floorboard. As a result, this investigation might be in its infancy? After all, inquiring minds want to know if there was a round fired from the automobile, with or without de Blasio’s aide aboard. Apparently there was based upon information from ShotSpotter.
Furthermore, the handgun, which is found to be repulsive by de Blasio and his like-minded lot, which you’d assume Stevens to be, had its serial number removed, a process that requires grinding the stamped imprint away.
The plot thickens.
Hopefully, investigators will be able to chemically raise the previously imprinted serial number to determine if the firearm was stolen.
Investigating officers also found a paintball gun and carbon dioxide cartridges in the rear cargo area of the vehicle and a gravity knife in 25-year-old driver Caesar Forbes’ waistband.
Another man, Montel Hughes, 24, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was charged with marijuana possession after officers reportedly found five Ziploc bags of pot in his coat pocket, the complaint said. A gravity knife was also recovered from the pocket of his pants.
NYPD better have a solid case, because they’ll have a lot of firepower (pun unintended) coming their way.
Stevens, Hughes and Forbes were each charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Forbes and Hughes were charged with criminal possession of a weapon related to the gravity knives and Forbes was ticketed for double parking.
Hence, Stevens was also suspended without pay.
Their arrests apparently followed ample suspicion. The investigation occurred after a burst of five gunshots activated an NYPD ShotSpotter gunfire detection device at 9:42 p.m. Saturday at 174th Street and 109th Avenue, sources said. According to the another New York Post report, the muzzle flashes of five shots were fired from the Infiniti, sources said.
Of significance is the weapon reportedly had an eight round magazine. Two rounds remained in the magazine with one round chambered after five muzzle flashes were previously captured.
The trio was parked near the corner of 177th Street and 106th Avenue and arrested around 10:25 p.m.
So let’s add this up:
- One de Blasio aide
- Two co-defendants
- One loaded firearm
- Serial number was removed from said firearm
- Information via ShotSpotter revealed muzzle flashes from vehicle
- The mother of de Blasio’s aide is a judge
- Step-father is an acting judge
Stevens mother and step-father have declined to comment on the case.
Stevens, previously worked for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office prior to working for the mayor.
Hughes’ sister, Jade, 17, told The Post that her brother and Forbes were longtime friends and that he recently became acquainted with Stevens.
She said she didn’t know anything about that relationship other than that it wasn’t romantic.
Hughes’ rap sheet lists nine prior arrests, six of which are sealed. The others include an October 2010 bust in Queens on robbery and weapons charges, and a July 2016 arrest on firearm, trespassing and harassment charges, sources said.
Stevens has a sealed 2015 arrest that stemmed from allegations of driving illegally, while Forbes has no criminal record, sources said.
Stevens was released on her own recognizance, according to a spokeswoman for the Queens DA’s office. Meanwhile, Forbes was held on $3,500 bail or $7,500 bond, and Hughes was held on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond. They are due back in court on April 24.
In 2017 de Blasio had another staff member taken into custody. Jacob Schwartz, 29, was arrested for possession of child pornography.
Mayor de Blasio ignored questions about the arrest following a news conference in the Bronx. However, a spokeswoman later said Schwartz “is being terminated immediately, and the agency is cooperating with investigators.”