On Wednesday, February 1, police from the 49 Precinct arrested Morris Park resident Peter Sanchez, 26, on charges of illegal possession of a gun.
According to police, a call was made to 9-1-1 at around 3 a.m. from a person claiming that a man with a gun was walking east bound on Morris Park Avenue towards White Plains Road.
The officer assigned to patrol, police officer Keith Kucerak, canvassed the area, where he found a suspect fitting the description.
According to police reports, officer Kucerak recovered a loaded 9 MM semi-automatic Luger hand gun and a large kitchen knife from inside Sanchez’s jacket.
Police said the man Sanchez threatened to kill with the gun, Frankie Garriga, was transported to the scene where he was able to positively identify Sanchez.
According to reports, Sanchez was already being sought by detectives from the 49th for previous threats he had made to kill Garriga with the gun, filed three days prior. Police said the threats stemmed from a dispute between Sanchez and Garriga over Sanchez’s current girlfriend, whom he did not want Garriga around.
Sanchez stated in a written confession, he was scared of Garriga because he is a professional boxer , which is why he carried the weapon.
Sanchez agreed to plea to receive a reduced sentence and is currently serving a two year jail term for the gun charge, followed by two years of probation, police said.
Officer Kucerak said Sanchez took the plea in order to avoid going to trial and possibly a longer sentence.
President of the Morris Park Community Association, Al D’Angelo said when incidents like this happen in Morris Park, it is usually between two people who know each other.
“Things like this are unusual in this neighborhood,” D’Angelo said. “We’ve had a couple of incidents over the past few months, but these are rare occurrences in our community. Most of the time with these incidents, it is people who know each other, it is not random occurrences. We had an incident on lower Van Nest recently, where there was a stabbing, but again the people knew each other, there was history there.”
Kucerak also said the arrest was unusual for the area. “It’s not usual to have a gun arrest in Morris Park,” he said. “Morris Park is a decent place to live and work, it is definitely not the norm. It was good to get a gun off the street, I am in the area lot, so I want to keep it safe.”