12 August 2022
 
  
 NEW YORK STATE POLICE
 Major Paul M. DeQuarto
 Troop F Commander
 

  
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 

On August 8, 2022, at approximately 11:04 p.m., a state trooper patrolling State Route 9W in Highland, NY, observed a 2020 Nissan Altima traveling westbound without a valid license plate. The trooper stopped the vehicle and identified the operator of the vehicle as Tashaun Simms, age 24 from St Helena Island and the passenger of the vehicle as Andre Crosby, age 19 from the city of Newburgh. During his investigation, the trooper learned that Simms was driving with a suspended license and had a warrant for his arrest from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police. Simms was subsequently taken into custody. The passenger, Crosby had a suspended New York Driver’s Permit.

During an inventory search of the vehicle prior to being towed from the location, the trooper located a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun with a magazine containing 10 additional ammunition rounds.

Simms and Crosby were both charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree, a felony and Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine. They were both arraigned in front of Judge Elia at the Town of Lloyd Court. Crosby was released on his own recognizance and Simms was remanded on $5,000 cash, $10,000 bond, or $20,000 unsecured bond. Both are due back in the Town of Lloyd Court.

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