2006-02-03 / Front Page

Cops Take Uzi And Pistol, Arrest Three

By Miriam Rosenberg


Sgt. José Morel and Police Officers Phillip Dibble, Tyler Ehrlein and David Pulice with the two weapons they removed from the streets of Far Rockaway last week. Officer Dibble holds the Uzi as Ehrlein displays the 9 mm pistol they found in an SUV, stopped for a violation. 
Sgt. José Morel and Police Officers Phillip Dibble, Tyler Ehrlein and David Pulice with the two weapons they removed from the streets of Far Rockaway last week. Officer Dibble holds the Uzi as Ehrlein displays the 9 mm pistol they found in an SUV, stopped for a violation. Local cops helped the mayor in his renewed effort to keep illegal guns off New York City streets last Friday when they confiscated an Uzi and a 9 mm pistol in Far Rockaway.

Three people now face weapons possession and child endangerment charges after police pulled over an SUV and found the weapons – along with a 6-year-old passenger – in the back of the vehicle.

Officers Phillip Dibble and Tyler Ehrlein of the 101 Precinct stopped a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer after the driver, Corey W. Byard, 26, failed to signal as he made a right turn near the Redfern Houses. The officers approached the SUV and noticed a Ruger 9mm pistol – loaded with 15 rounds of ammo – on top of some bags in the back seat, according to court records.

Police arrested Byard, a Bronx resident and two Redfern residents: Keith L. Jones, 21, who was in the front passenger seat, and Divine Colclough, 28, who rode in the back seat with a child described in court records as “a 6-year-old minor.”

The vehicle was searched and police found an Uzi submachine gun with 12 rounds of ammunition in a high capacity clip. The deadly weapon was tucked inside a compartment behind the seating area, records show. Sergeant José Morel and Police Officer David Pulice acted as backups and assisted in the arrests.

The big score came just days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg raised the gun issue during his State of the City address and less than 48 hours after Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly detailed the issue for The Wave. Kelly was in town last Wednesday for a special meeting of the 101 Precinct Community Council.

Byard, Jones and Colclough are each charged with seven counts of criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. Byard was also cited for failing to use his turn signal. All three were arraigned January 28 in Queens Criminal Court. Judge Suzanne Melendez set bail for Byard and Colclough at $100,000 and $50,000 for Jones. None posted bail, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

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