HUDSON — Four teenagers were arrested on felony weapons charges and five handguns and rifles were seized from two vehicles by police in the parking lot of Hudson Terrace Apartments on Thursday afternoon, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said.
Dominic J. Rivenburg, 19, of Catskill was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony, and fourth degree criminal possession of a stolen firearm, a class E felony.
Donavon Law, 18, of Catskill was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.
An unidentified 17-year-old was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and an unidentified 16-year-old was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony.
Police seized a defaced Ruger 380 handgun with six rounds of ammunition in the magazine. Detectives are tracing the origin of the weapon. A defaced Ruger 9mm handgun with seven rounds of ammunition in the magazine was also found. The handgun was reported stolen in North Carolina.
Police also found an AR-15 (ArmaLite) semi-automatic rifle with ammunition, an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle with ammunition and a 12-gauge shotgun with ammunition. One of the teens was also in possession of more than $1,400 in cash, Moore said.
The incident began at about 1:30 p.m. when Hudson police officers saw a group of people gathered in the parking lot of building No. 6 at Hudson Terrace Apartments on Front Street. When police entered the parking lot they saw two of the guns inside a vehicle, Moore said.
Police obtained a search warrant from Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek for two vehicles at the scene, Moore said.
When officers searched the vehicles they found the three additional guns.
The four suspects were brought to the Hudson police station to be charged. They were arraigned Thursday evening in Hudson City Court before Judge Brian Herman.
Both juveniles were released on their own recognizance to their mothers. They were scheduled to appear in Columbia County Family Court on Friday.
Rivenburg and Law were also released on their own recognizance. They are scheduled to appear in Hudson City Court on June 24. Herman also ordered Rivenburg and Law to surrender any remaining weapons to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
“We will discover if any of these weapons have been used in any other crimes,” Moore said. “While the district attorney recommended bail, it is more than worrisome that they were immediately released back into our neighborhood. This investigation is continuing as we here at Hudson police are prioritizing the safety of our citizens.”
Hudson police were assisted with the investigation by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, state police and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hudson Police at 518-828-3388.
Fifth Ward Alderman Dominic Merante spoke with Hudson Terrace management Friday about upgrading their security cameras at the complex.
“Management needs to step up and upgrade their cameras to ensure the safety of the residents,” Merante said.
Merante thinks the upgrade should have taken place a year ago following a shooting in the parking lot, where one man died.
“The owners of the complex should be held liable moving forward if they do not provide safe and adequate security for the residents,” Merante said.
The alderman commended Hudson Police and everyone involved in getting the weapons off the street.