Police: Purling man had 3 illegal guns

Guns seized by Saugerties police. A Greene County man, who allegedly was in possession of them, was charged. Contributed photo

SAUGERTIES — A man from Greene County was arrested on felony weapons charges following a reported road-rage incident, Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said Wednesday.

Douglas J. Melka, 30, of Purling was allegedly in possession of three “ghost guns,” Sinagra said.

Melka was charged with three counts of second-degree criminal possession of weapon, a class C felony, and second-degree menacing, class A misdemeanor.

On Tuesday, at 7:30 a.m., Saugerties police responded to a complaint of a reported road-rage incident that occurred on Route 212 in the town of Saugerties.

When police arrived on the scene, The victim told them, that another driver had pulled up alongside his vehicle screaming at him about how he was driving, and then used several racial slurs towards the victim. The victim then reportedly followed Melka to the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts on Ulster Avenue, where Melka allegedly displayed a handgun and then threatened the victim.

Melka was located by police on Livingston Street in Saugerties, where police found him to be in possession of three unregistered handguns, all loaded with ammunition, Sinagra said.

The handguns, or “ghost guns,” lacked any identifying serial numbers as required by law.

Melka was arrested and processed at Saugerties Police Headquarters. He was arraigned in Saugerties Village Court and released.

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Rory VanDeusen

Released? Hopefully they searched his home searching for more "Ghost Guns". NY bail reform needs to be repealed. Criminals like this thug should not be on the streets.

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