2009-10-30 / Top Stories

Police Apprehend Suspect Carrying 9 mm Pistol

By Miriam Rosenberg

Brian Lewis was wearing this bulletproof vest when he was apprehended on October 23. Brian Lewis was wearing this bulletproof vest when he was apprehended on October 23. During a routine patrol through the Beach 40s, an officer from the 101 Precinct apprehended a 19-year-old youth carrying a 9 mm automatic pistol last Friday, The Wave has learned.

According to reports from Queens District Attorney Richard Brown's office, Officer Frank Crowley of the 101 Precinct observed Brian Lewis in front of 433 Beach 40 Street at approximately 7:20 p.m. on the evening of October 23. The report states that the officer saw Lewis running and holding his waistband with his right hand. The police report further says that Crowley saw a black 9 mm Taurus pistol fall to the ground when the suspect stumbled and fell.

In addition to the arrest, police also discovered there was a round of ammunition in the chamber of the pistol and nine rounds of ammunition in the gun's magazine. The defendant was also wearing an armored ballistic vest.

According to a police source, Lewis is not the first shooting suspect to be wearing a bulletproof vest. The vests have become an alarming trend in recent shootings in the 101 Precinct.

"We have no idea where they're getting the vests," said the source. "It's wintertime and they are wearing big jackets [so it is hard to see]."

Lewis, who lives in Ocean Village, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, which is a felony. He was arraigned on October 24 and is due back in court on October 29. Bail was set at $50,000.

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