By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police have arrested a man who was allegedly in possession of a shotgun in front of a Flatiron club last weekend.
Police were informed by witnesses that there was an intoxicated man nearby, possibly armed, in the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Aleksandr Tsoy, 34, was allegedly sitting inside his car while parked in front of Taj Lounge at 48 West 21st Street on Saturday, November 24 at 9:53 p.m.
When officers arrived at the scene, Tsoy was sitting in the driver’s seat with the engine turned on. Police removed Tsoy from the car and found that he allegedly had an odor of alcohol on his breath and bloodshot, watery eyes. A test at the scene determined that Tsoy’s blood alcohol content was 0.10, police said.
Tsoy allegedly told officers at the time that he was waiting to move his car to a better spot so he could pick it up the following day.
While police were conducting a search of his car, they found an allegedly loaded shotgun in his trunk. Police recovered the alleged shotgun from inside a rifle bag, in addition to three shells from inside the magazine of the firearm. Police said that additional shells were recovered from a shell clip that was inside the rifle bag.
Although Tsoy was not driving at the time, he was charged with driving while intoxicated because he had the vehicle’s engine on while sitting in the driver’s seat and was allegedly drunk. He was also charged with weapons possession.
Police officer Eric Demery, a Neighborhood Coordinating Officer for Sector C in the precinct where the incident happened, officially made the arrest.
A tweet from the 13th Precinct said that Demery, Officer Brittany Vera, the second NCO for Sector C, and other officers in the sector were able to make the arrest after gathering evidence and following a lead that brought them to Tsoy.
An attorney for Tsoy did not respond to a request for comment by T&V’s press time.