Reagan Stevens, a deputy director in New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice, was arrested Saturday night for illegal possession of a loaded, 9mm semi-automatic pistol, with a defaced serial number, The Daily Caller reports.
Stevens, 42, was accompanied by two men, Caesar Forbes, 25, and Montel Hughes, 24, in a dark red 2002 Infiniti SUV when they were questioned by authorities.
The vehicle was wanted in connection with an alleged shooting after nearby surveillance footage showed multiple shots being fired from the SUV.
Police stopped the trio in Queens, where the loaded handgun was found inside the glove compartment. No one in the car claimed the firearm, so all three were charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. One count for the loaded weapon and another for the illegally marred serial number.
Forbes, who was driving the vehicle, and Hughes, the front seat passenger, were also carrying knives and were charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
Stevens’ mother, Deborah Stevens Modica, has been a judge at Queens Criminal Court since 1997, where Stevens and the two men were awaiting arraignment Sunday night.
Additionally, Salvatore Modica, Stevens’ stepdad, is an acting Queens Supreme Court justice. Neither commented on the arrest.
Stevens was immediately suspended without pay from her position in de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice.
“We take these allegations very seriously,” Office of Criminal Justice spokesman Patrick Gallahue stated.
Stevens’ manages youth and strategic initiatives and works with de Blasio’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System. This program is aimed at reducing “unnecessary arrests and incarceration,” according to the report.
According to a spokeswoman for the Queens DA’s office, Stevens was released on her own recognizance, while Forbes was held on $3,500 bail or $7,500 bond, and Hughes was held on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond. They will be making another court appearance on Apr. 24, according to the New York Post.