In the early hours of September 22, 2023, a routine traffic stop escalated into a firearm arrest by the Clarkstown Police Department. Around 1:30 AM, patrol officers halted a vehicle near 40 N. Main St. New City, following a red light violation. The driver, a 38-year-old male from Hollywood, FL, was subsequently arrested for unauthorized possession of a firearm and ammunition.
According to the police report, the incident unfolded when a patrol officer noticed a vehicle failing to halt at a red light while cruising along N. Main St. in New City. Following protocol, the officer initiated a traffic stop and approached the driver for an inquiry. For the safety of all present, the driver was requested to step out of the vehicle.
During the interaction, officers inquired if there were any weapons inside the vehicle. The driver admitted to having a gun. A thorough search led to the discovery of a Colt 9mm semiautomatic handgun nestled within the center console and two loaded magazines placed in a bag on the passenger’s seat. It was determined that the driver had no permit to carry these items in New York.
Identified as Mr. Ordonez, the driver now faces charges including Criminal Possession of a Firearm in the 2nd degree (C Felony), Criminal Possession of a Firearm (E Felony), along with various vehicle and traffic law infractions. Arraigned in Clarkstown Court by the Honorable Michael Bongiorno, bail has been set at $10,000 cash or $25,000 bond.
The officers’ diligence has been lauded by the department, highlighting their continuous effort to ensure the safety of the community. This arrest stands as a reminder of the ongoing commitment of Clarkstown Police Department in maintaining law and order within its jurisdiction.