Posted: 3:39 pm Friday, February 23rd, 2018
In the wake of the Florida shooting and the seemingly unending incidents that have been happening across the country this is wonderful news of exemplary work done cooperatively among law enforcement.
It always seems to happen somewhere else leading some to believe it can’t happen in my town, neighborhood, school. However it was foresee-ably just avoided as evidenced in the following release. Read and after the shock wears off feel the gratitude for Suffolk’s finest. Kudos to our men and women in law enforcement. – Fingers
DA Sini and SCPD Announce Arrest of Patchogue Man for Illegal Sale of Illegal AR-15 Assault Rifle and High Capacity Magazines, Possession of Illegal Firearms
Search Warrant Resulted in Seizure of 48 Firearms, Illegal Knives and Cache of High Capacity Magazines, Including a 50-round Drum
(HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and the Suffolk County Police Department today announced the arrest of a man for the criminal sale of an illegal AR-15 assault rifle and four large capacity ammunition feeding devices to an individual he believed to be prohibited from owning a gun. A subsequent search warrant executed at the defendant’s residence resulted in the seizure of several other illegal assault weapons, knives, and more than 50 high capacity magazines.
“This case is an extraordinary example of superb collaboration between the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office,” District Attorney Sini said. “Because of that collaboration, we put an end to a recipe for a massacre.”
Larry Guerrieri, 65, of Patchogue, was arrested on February 21, 2018 following the execution of a search warrant by Suffolk County Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Squad and Emergency Services Section Officers. The investigation began with a tip provided by an investigator in the Suffolk County Police Department’s Pistol Licensing Bureau.
The search warrant resulted in the seizure of:
- Four assault rifles, at least three of which are illegal in New York State
- 19 various rifles and shotguns
- 25 handguns
- 10 illegal assorted knives
- 8 military-style ammunition containers filled with thousands of various caliber rounds of ammunition
- More than 50 large capacity ammunition feeding devices, including a 50-round magazine drum
In January 2018, a Suffolk County Detective assigned to the District Attorney’s Squad, acting in an undercover capacity, purchased a Wilson Combat .223 Remington semiautomatic rifle and four high capacity magazines from the defendant out of his residence in Patchogue for $2,000.
“Not only is it illegal for the defendant to sell that weapon because he is not licensed to do so, the firearm itself – a high-powered military-grade assault rifle – is illegal under New York State Law. It included a pistol grip, a muzzle brake, and the ability to accept a detachable magazine,” District Attorney Sini said. “Moreover, the undercover detective made clear to the defendant during the transaction that he or she was prohibited under the law from owning a weapon. This was a triple whammy: It was an illegal sale of an illegal weapon to a prohibited person.”
During the transaction, the defendant offered to sell the detective a second illegal assault weapon, which had the ability to accept a detachable magazine, a flash suppressor and a telescopic stock.
“Based on the evidence we’ve collected thus far, these guns, if not seized as a result of this investigation, could have flooded the streets of Suffolk County,” District Attorney Sini said. “These are killing machines, and they were in the hands of an individual who was selling these weapons illegally.”
Guerrieri was arraigned in Suffolk County District Court on February 22 by Judge Gaetan B. Lozito. Bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.
Guerrieri is charged with:
- Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree
- Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree
- Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree – Three Counts