A Riverhead man previously convicted of robbery in 2001 is facing four felony weapons charges and several misdemeanors after he allegedly pointed an assault weapon at a crowd during a fight Monday in Riverhead and threatened to shoot, court records show.
The dispute outside the River Pointe Apartment Complex on East Main Street originally started between Deja Daniels, 31, and the father of her child, said Riverhead Det. Sgt. Joseph Loggia.
The fight soon “escalated,” he said, and Ms. Daniels’ boyfriend, Shorne Brown, 34, became involved.
Police said they were responding to a call of a large fight outside Building H of the apartment complex about 6:15 p.m., when they received several reports of a man in possession of a gun.
Mr. Brown and Ms. Daniels were both arrested after police found a loaded Intratech Tec-9 9mm assault weapon hidden inside the bathroom of their shared apartment, police said.
Mr. Brown was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, after he pointed the weapon into the crowd and threatened to fire, according to a criminal complaint filed in Riverhead Justice Court.
Mr. Brown was also charged with three third-degree criminal possession of a weapon charges in the incident, all felonies, according to court records. The first count was for the gun itself, while the second count is for the detachable, large-capacity, 10-round magazine in his home.
The final third-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge is due to Mr. Brown’s prior conviction of first-degree robbery in July 2001 in Kings County Supreme Court.
The gun Mr. Brown allegedly wielded was one of 19 models banned by name in the Federal Assault Weapons Ban signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994. The law expired in September 2004.
Mr. Brown was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, when he left his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son with the unsecured weapon in their apartment, police said.
He faces second-degree menacing charges, both misdemeanors for pointing the gun at two women and saying “Ya’ll don’t want it,” according to court records.
His girlfriend, Ms. Daniels, was also charged in the incident with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, court reports show.
Both were processed, held overnight and arraigned in Riverhead Justice Court Tuesday morning.
Mr. Brown was held at Suffolk County jail on $115,000 cash or bond bail.
Ms. Daniels was released on $500 bail. Family members declined to speak when asked about the incident.