Police: Wardrobe change led to arrest, felony charges
TROY, N.Y. – A city man, who police say is connected with several recent crimes, was arrested after a patrol officer noticed a wardrobe change following the pursuit of a suspicious person.
Police say patrols were investigating a report of an assault on a woman on 4th Avenue at approximately midnight Sunday. She told investigators that two men, one with a handgun, struck her about the head after an argument.
Police say they blanketed the area in search of the suspects when Patrol Officer Carlos Nazario observed two men hurrying down 124th Street toward Sixth Avenue just before 12:30 a.m. Nazario said he took note of their clothing before they fled on foot when he approached them.
Nazario followed one of the men, 21-year-old Kamari Shuaib, of 21st Street, until Shuaib lay face down on the ground in the area of 873 Sixth Avenue. At that point, the officer didn't have probable cause for arrest, but continued to speak with Shuaib when he noticed Shuaib was no longer wearing the jacket he had noticed earlier.
Nazario requested that patrols in the area check the route the two had taken during the pursuit. Patrols found a jacket on Sixth Avenue that was from the same manufacturer and model type as the pants Shuaib was wearing.
Police reported they then saw a fully-loaded, hammer-back 9mm semi-automatic handgun to be visible from the jacket pocket. The weapon, with four ready rounds of ammunition, was safely recovered and secured.
Police said that after further investigation they discovered Shuaib and another individual who has not yet been identified were responsible for an attempted robbery Saturday evening and that the gun had been stolen in a burglary earlier this month.
Shuaib was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, assault and criminal possession of stolen property. He was remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail with no bail.
The assault charge was filed for the incident initially reported early Sunday.
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