Troopers with the New York State Police have arrested two people in Rochester on weapons charges. The arrest took place on Monday, March 28, 2022, just after 3 pm. The Troopers were working Operation G.I.V.E, which is New York State's Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative,
GIVE supports 20 police departments, district attorneys' offices, probation departments and sheriffs' offices in 17 counties: Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester. These counties historically account for more than 80 percent of the violent crime that occurs in New York State outside of New York City.
The officers spotted a vehicle with the occupants violating safety belt laws. Neither the driver nor the passenger had their seatbelts on. The Troopers pulled the vehicle over on Hollenbeck Street in Rochester. As Troopers were speaking with the driver, a 22-year-old Rochester man named Keishon Smith, he tried to drive away. The officers gave chase and as he was attempting to flee, they allegedly saw a loaded .380 handgun being thrown from the vehicle. Troopers recovered the weapon and were able to pull Smith's vehicle over again on St. Stanislaus Street. Smith and his passenger, 28-year-old Chase Smith, were taken into custody. Each man was hit with multiple charges,
Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree for having previous convictions, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, and Obstructing Governmental Administration.
The driver also received a charge of Unlawful Fleeing. They were both taken to the Monroe County Jail. They will be arraigned on the charges against them today.