ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Officials say that the Albany Police Department has seized 62 illegal guns so far in 2021. That’s including two loaded handguns police report recovering during a Friday night traffic stop on Lark Street and Madison Avenue.
At about 6 p.m., police report seeing a parked car blocking traffic in the middle of Lark Street near Lancaster. The officer told got the car to move out of the way and then officially began a traffic stop at the corner of Madison.
Police said one of the passengers in the car—Sharod Hawkins, 22, of Schenectady—had a loaded .380 caliber handgun hidden in his pocket. They also report finding a loaded 9mm handgun under the front passenger seat.
Sherrod was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The other four occupants of the car—including two minors—were charged with one count each. They are:
- John Kemp, 21, of Schenectady
- Jabbar Bunch, 29, of Albany
- 16-year-old Schenectady boy
- 17-year-old Schenectady girl
Hawkins, Kemp, and Bunch were arraigned Saturday in Albany Criminal Court. The teens will be arraigned in Albany County Family Court in the future.