On Saturday 24 February 2018 at approximately 0613 hrs. Off. Shane Douglas-Snyder responded to a call for a suspicious occupied vehicle on the 900 blk. Union St.
Upon arrival, Off. Douglas-Snyder saw a 2002 Lexus stopped along the curb. The vehicle was occupied and the ignition was on.
When he looked inside the vehicle, the Officer saw that the driver was asleep and that the vehicle was in the "drive" gear. The incline in the road surface kept the vehicle from moving forward.
Off. Douglas-Snyder and Off. Tirado were able to wake the driver, identified as Carlos R. Rivera M/26, and get the vehcile in park and turned off. A check of PennDot records showed that Rivera's operating privilege was under suspension. Rivera was asked to exit the vehicle. Rivera let the Officers know that he had a firearm concealed on his waist. Rivera was taken out without incident and the firearm was secured.
Rivera does not possess a permit to carry a firearm in concealed fashion. A check of the firearm, a Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic, showed that the serial numbers had been obliterated. Rivera is also prohibited from possessing or owning a firearm. A further check of the vehicle revealed a marijuana grinder with marijuana residue inside.
As a result of this incident, Off. Douglas-Snyder filed a criminal complaint against Rivera before MDJ Witkoinis. He was charged with Persons Not To Possess (etc.) Firearms, Firearms Not To Be Carried Without a License, Possession of a Firearm With Obliterated/Altered Serial Number or Marks of Identification, Possession Drug Paraphernalia and Operating Motor Vehicle While Privilege is suspended or revoked.
Rivera was held for arraignment and later committed to LCP in lieu of $50,000 bail. All persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.