A routine traffic stop in Syracuse led to the recovery of a loaded handgun and landed two Syracuse men behind bars.
Police say at about 11:40 pm Saturday night officers tried pulling over a Buick Century on the 500 block of Oakwood Avenue after the saw the car had inadequate tail lights. Instead of pulling over, the Buick sped off, trying to lose the officers.
The car went a few blocks before stopping on the 100 block of Albert Terrace, where the four people in the car ran on foot. Officers were able to catch two of the four men after a short foot chase.
Police caught the driver, 16-year-old Tahjzair Edwards-Martin and a passenger, 17-year-old Carlito Alexander.
Police found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in the car. Edwards-Martin was charged with the felonies of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, and the misdemeanors of criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful fleeing from police in a motor vehicle. He was also given several traffic tickets.
Alexander was charged with the felonies of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, as well as the misdemeanors of criminal possession of a weapon, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.