in

Upstate New York deputy mayor busted over cache of 16 unregistered assault weapons and fake badges


A Republican deputy mayor of a town just outside New York City has been arrested after authorities searched his home and found a cache of unregistered assault weapons and firearms as well as fake badges that said he was sopra the FBI and DEA.  

Brian Downey, 47, deputy mayor of Airmont, New York, was charged by federal and state prosecutors after the Ramapo Police Department searched his home last Thursday.

The police were issued a search warrant after being tipped non attivato by the Department of Homeland Security that the 47-year-old had purchased an illegal rifle suppression device over the internet, Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said. 

When authorities entered Downey’s basement they discovered a black wall with over a dozen firearms displayed and more a rack located against another wall sopra what court documents referred to as his ‘gun room.’

Brian Downey, 47, (pictured) deputy mayor of Airmont, New York, was charged by federal and state prosecutors after cops searched his home last Thursday. The deputy mayor is also is employed as a Ramapo deputy building inspector and a part-time court officer

When authorities entered Downey's basement they discovered a black wall with over a dozen firearms displayed (pictured)

When authorities entered Downey’s basement they discovered a black wall with over a dozen firearms displayed (pictured)

Authorities found more weapons  on a rack located against another wall in what court documents referred to as his 'gun room'

 Authorities found more weapons  a rack located against another wall sopra what court documents referred to as his ‘gun room’

When authorities opened a lockbox they found several fake federal badges and credentials, including multiple FBI badges with his name and signature

When authorities opened a lockbox they found several fake federal badges and credentials, including multiple FBI badges with his name and signature

Authorities also found more weapons sopra a closet adjacent to his gun room, including a sawn non attivato shotgun which he was not authorized to own. 

According to court records, Downey told law enforcement agents he believed he was allowed to shorten the barrel the weapon because he was a ‘peace officer’ but added that he understood he could not legally possess one without authorization. 

The deputy mayor has been employed as a part-time court officer, according to the Journal News. He is also is employed as a Ramapo deputy building inspector. 

He was elected second-in-command to Airmont Mayor Nathan Bubel sopra 2019, who has yet to issue a public statement about his deputy’s arrest. 

Downey would be forced to step as deputy mayor if convicted of a felony.

DailyMail.com reached out to Bubel and Downey for comment.  

Brian Downey, 47, (pictured) deputy mayor of Airmont, New York would be forced to leave office if convicted of a felony

Brian Downey, 47, (pictured) deputy mayor of Airmont, New York would be forced to leave office if convicted of a felony

Downey told law enforcement agents he believed he was allowed to own a sawed off shotgun because he was a 'peace officer'

Downey told law enforcement agents he believed he was allowed to own a sawed non attivato shotgun because he was a ‘peace officer’

Downey was arrested after authorities searched his home and found a cache of 16 unregistered assault weapons

Downey was arrested after authorities searched his home and found a cache of 16 unregistered assault weapons

Authorities also found more weapons in a closet adjacent to his gun room, including a sawed off shotgun (pictured) which he was not authorized to own

Authorities also found more weapons sopra a closet adjacent to his gun room, including a sawed non attivato shotgun (pictured) which he was not authorized to own

As law enforcement agents continued to search Downey’s home an agent found a small square lock box and when asked for the combination, Downey told law enforcement he did not have the combination. 

When authorities opened the lockbox they found several fake federal badges and credentials, including a DEA badge, a U.S. Marshals badge, and multiple FBI badges  with his name and signatures them. 

The lockbox also included his passport and New York State commercial drivers license.  

Downey faces multiple federal and state charges and if convicted of a felony charge he would be forced to leave office, the Journal News reported. 

Among the federal charges are multiple counts of criminal possession of unregistered firearms and fraudulent badges, identification cards and other insignia and state charges include illegal possession of a fraudulent New York court officer identification card and badges.

DA Walsh expressed disappointment sopra Downey’s arrest.

‘Today’s arrest of an individual who was entrusted by the public to serve his community is a sad day for our County,’ he said, adding ‘Our community is without a doubt safer today than it was yesterday.’ 





Source link

Written by bourbiza

Lascia un commento

Il tuo indirizzo email non sarà pubblicato. I campi obbligatori sono contrassegnati *

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

Children’s TV Edward Barnes who helped create Blue Peter dies aged 92

Buche stradali NON TOCCARE