Police: Tupper Lake man had unregistered assault rifle, magazines

TUPPER LAKE — A man who was charged with drunk driving after his car hit a light post Thursday night was arrested again Saturday on weapon possession charges.

Jose Melendez Jr., 29, of Tupper Lake, was involved in a property damage crash on Park Street around 10:40 p.m. Thursday when his car hit a light pole and pedestrian crossing sign. Village police subsequently charged him with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile phone and failure to use designated lane.

After he was released, police said it was reported to them that Melendez had illegal weapons in his possession. They responded to his residence where he surrendered a switch-blade knife, an unregistered assault rifle that had its serial number defaced and two high-capacity magazines of ammunition.

Melendez was charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, and four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, at 2:37 p.m. Saturday.

He was arraigned and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail or $6,000 bond.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
Are you a paying subscriber to the newspaper? *

Starting at $4.75/week.

Subscribe Today