Parolee accused of gun, drug offenses
After following up on “many” leads, including extensive interviews with witnesses and the victim, police say they determined the event never happened.
The vehicle that the girl described was located, but police determined that there was never a conversation between its driver and the girl and that it had been in the area for a legitimate purpose.
“The girl is very remorseful for making the initial report and the ensuing use of resources to investigate it,” said Police Chief David Keevern.
“While this incident didn’t occur, this is still a good reminder to reinforce with our children the importance of being aware of their surroundings and how to respond in the event of being approached by a stranger,” Keevern said.
ALBANY — A tip about a man with a handgun resulted in the arrest Wednesday of an Albany parolee on weapon and drug charges.
Albany police said Thursday that the tip came in around 4:10 p.m. for the area of 79 S. Ferry St. When they arrived, they found a man, 25-year-old Joshua Weldon, matching the description of the suspect and stopped him.
Weldon had a loaded .25 caliber handgun on him, police said. A search warrant that was later used at his house also led to the discovery of a clear plastic bag with clonazepam pills, a sedative used to treat seizures and anxiety disorders, police said. Weldon was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
In 2012, he served time in state prison for seconddegree burglary and assault. He was released in March 2016 under the supervision of New York State Parole. His parole is up in 2021.