Two Men Captured In Arverne Gun Run
Sources from the New York City Police Department said that the two men have been identified as Tyrese Martin, 22 and Ronald Smith, 22, both of whom live in the complex. Martin has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Smith had not yet been charged at press time.
According to law enforcement sources, police from the 101 Precinct responding to a call of a man with a gun at Beach 57 Street and Edgemere Avenue, quickly spread out into the nearby Ocean Village complex.
Working with security from Ocean Village, police were informed that the man with the gun and another man who was with him were holed up in an apartment in the complex.
Police officials then called for the elite Emergency Service Unit (ESU) for a possible entry to the apartment and for a Level I mobilization to flood the area with police officers.
Because no officers from the Queens South Task Force were available to respond to the mobilization at that early hour, three units from the 100 Precinct were called to the area to assist the 101 Precinct officers on the scene.
A helicopter from the NYPD Aviation Unit was called in as well to check the local rooftops to insure that none of the men escaped the area in that manner.
Officers from ESU and the 101 Precinct finally took two of the suspects from the apartment.
Two unidentified teenagers who were seen running from the scene towards the subway station were taken into custody as well, but police say they were simply trying to catch a train and were not involved in the gun episode.