East Rockaway man charged with possession of ghost weapons | Herald Community Newspapers

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An East Rockaway man was arrested on Wednesday for multiple weapon possession for allegedly storing an arsenal of ghost weapons in his home.

Thomas Saxton, 34, was arraigned before Judge Terence Murphy on 10 counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon, 14 counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon and seven counts of fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. ‘a weapon. He has been remanded in custody and is due back in court on June 24.

If convicted on the main charge, Saxton faces a potential maximum of 15 years in prison.

“Defendant is accused of storing an arsenal of ghost weapons and high capacity magazines in his East Rockaway home,” District Attorney Anne Donnelly said in a statement. “The volume of firearms seized in Nassau County this year is unlike anything we have seen in recent memory. We will use every tool at our disposal and work with all federal and local partners to stem the flow of these illegal weapons into Nassau County.

Messages from Greg Madey, Esq., the attorney representing Saxton were not returned on Friday.

Donnelly said that on February 17, members of the New York City Police Department responded to Cohen Children’s Hospital Center in Queens for an alleged domestic disturbance. The accused allegedly possessed a handgun and threatened to kill his wife.

During the investigation into the alleged Queens crime, additional weapons were discovered to be in Saxton’s East Rockaway home. Members of the Nassau County Police Department responded to the home and recovered seven ghost handguns; two assault rifles, including a phantom; over 60 high-capacity magazines; ammunition; and ghost gun parts.

According to the New York City Police Department, Saxton, who lives on Baisley Avenue in East Rockaway, threatened to open fire inside Cohen Children’s Medical Center, on the border of Queens and Nassau County. . Police said they later found a cache of firearms, ammunition and body armor at his home and in his car.

The NYPD received a call around noon on February 17, alerting officers that Saxton had pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot his wife inside the hospital as she held their daughter. In an email to the Herald, NYPD spokeswoman Sophia Mason described the incident.

“Upon arrival, responding officers obtained a description of the subject’s car and encountered the vehicle outside the hospital,” she wrote. “A 34-year-old man was arrested and several loaded firearms were recovered.”

In a statement, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said officers discovered two loaded “ghost guns” in Saxton’s car, untraceable firearms made from parts purchased online. After the discovery, they took Saxton into custody. Police also discovered additional weapons and ammunition when searching his home in the village.

“This defendant allegedly threatened to shoot his wife at a hospital specializing in the treatment of children,” Katz said. “This life-threatening threat was made even more chilling when police found illegal and untraceable firearms on the accused. This growing prevalence of “phantom weapons” adds to the chaos and bloodshed in our neighborhoods. My office will continue to do everything possible to stop the circulation of these firearms and all illegal firearms. The accused was apprehended and now faces very serious charges.

According to Katz, after pulling out the gun and threatening to shoot his wife, Saxton told her he would kill her in front of everyone in the hospital. He then walked out of the hospital and called her on her phone, threatening her again and telling her he would kill her in her sleep. When police arrived, Saxton allegedly dropped a loaded magazine on the ground in the hospital parking lot, and police recovered a loaded 10mm pistol, a 9mm pistol and ammunition for both guns, as well a plastic bag with cocaine and Saxton’s wallet.

In January, the NCDA created the Firearms Law Enforcement and Intelligence Unit, which includes four prosecutors with extensive training in firearms and narcotics, as well as two specialized detective investigators with decades of experience. in long-term weapons investigations, and an intelligence analyst.

So far this year, about 70 guns have been seized in Nassau County. During the same period last year, around 114 weapons were seized.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Matthew Laube of the Bureau of Narcotics, Firearms and Gangs.

Charges are charges and Saxton is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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