Colonie Police: Amsterdam man possessed sawed-off shotgun in backpack motel call

Vazquez and the sawed-off shotgun (Colonie Police Department)

Vazquez and the sawed-off shotgun (Colonie Police Department)

COLONIE – An Amsterdam man possessed a sawed-off shotgun in a Colonie hotel room Saturday, police said.

Juan A. Vazquez, 21, of Amsterdam, was arrested and charged with one count each of second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies, along with misdemeanor criminal impersonation, police said.

Police were called to the Motel 6 on Central Avenue just before 4 p.m. Saturday for a report of two people found inside an unrented room there, police said. The two people fled from the property west, but were found by police at the Howard Johnson’s Motel.

While being interviewed, Vazquez gave officers a false name to prevent the discovery of a warrant from Amsterdam Police on a misdemeanor traffic charge, police said.

Officers then discovered the Stronger 12-gauge shotgun loaded with two 12-gauge shotgun shells in his backpack as they took him into custody on the warrant, police said. The shotgun had had its barrel length altered, making it illegal to possess.

Police were continuing to investigate the origin of the shotgun.

The motel declined to pursue charges for trespassing in the room and the second person detained was not charged and released at the scene, police said.  Amsterdam Police were also notified of Vazquez’ arrest.

Vazquez was sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility as a pre-arraignment detainee, police said.


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