YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Police removed more than 30 legally-owned weapons from the home of a 20-year-old Yorktown man under the Red Flag Law after being alerted to the situation by a concerned individual, according to the Westchester County District Attorney.
Yorktown Police arrested Emeric Tyler after they found numerous high-capacity ammunition magazines stored in his family's home along with many legal weapons.
Tyler is charged with 33 counts of criminal possession of a weapon, a felony. It is illegal to have large-capacity feeding devices/magazines in New York, the district attorney said.
Tyler was arraigned Friday, May 8, by Judge Salvatore Lagonia in Yorktown Court. He is slated to appear again on May 16 and the investigation continues.
Police said the weapons, along with highly flammable substances "posed a risk to the residents of the home."
“This is what the Red Flag Law was meant to do – give police, prosecutors, family members and concerned citizens the legal process to remove weapons from someone who may be a danger to themselves or others. In this case, removing the weapons quickly and without incident made everyone safer," said Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.
Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble thanked many assisting agencies for their help in the arrest, including: The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Special Operations Division SRT, Bomb Squad and Hostage Negotiations team, the FBI and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the ATF, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Paramedics, and the Yorktown Police Department.”
Members of the Gang, Firearms and Narcotics Bureau of the Investigations Division, and Assistant District Attorney Stephen Ronco, Yorktown Branch Chief, are prosecuting the case.