STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Tompkinsville traffic stop early Sunday nabbed a firearm and marijuana, police said, continuing a spate of gun-related arrests on Staten Island.
Police arrested Kesean Connor-Cullins, 18, a resident of Dubois Avenue in West Brighton, after members of the NYPD’s 120th Precinct pulled over his vehicle near Cebra Avenue and Victory Boulevard at approximately 1:30 a.m. for a traffic stop.
Officers then found the firearm and marijuana in the 18-year-old’s possession, according to police.
The NYPD touted the arrest on Twitter Sunday, writing: “If you carry an illegal gun in the @NYPD120Pct we will ARREST YOU! Another gun off the streets of the North Shore thanks to the great work of the @NYPDDetectives DBSI Violent Crimes Squad.”
Connor-Cullins faces charges of second-degree criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to online court records.
Soula Platis, who is listed as Connor-Cullins’ attorney, said her client denies the allegations but declined to comment further at this time.
The latest arrest came after the NYPD made a series of shooting busts connected to multiple incidents on Staten Island.
A 19-year-old man was arrested after shooting a woman in the leg early last week, police said.
On Friday, the NYPD tracked down a man in Pennsylvania in connection to the homicide of Barry Moultrie, 35, who was killed near the intersection of Castleton Avenue and Baker Street on July 22 at around 11:25 a.m., a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Advance/SILive.com.
Police also arrested and charged a 16-year-old boy in connection with a shooting that took place on July 26 at approximately 3:30 p.m. outside of 225 Park Hill Ave., police said.
Another teen was also arrested on Friday in connection with an August shooting in West Brighton.