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Colonie police: Schenectady man out on attempted-murder charge caught with gun in traffic stop

Wayne Samuels and the gun he is accused of possessing. Credit: Colonie Police (insets); File (Background)

Wayne Samuels and the gun he is accused of possessing. Credit: Colonie Police (insets); File (Background)

Categories: News, Schenectady County

COLONIE – A Schenectady man out on bail in a Schenectady attempted-murder case was arrested in Colonie Monday on an unrelated gun charge, Colonie police said.

Wayne Samuels, 25, of Schenectady, had posted $40,000 bond after his April Schenectady arrest and was released, jail records show.

Colonie police stopped Samuels on Albany Street, near New Karner Road, for a traffic violation and found him in possession of a loaded handgun, police said.

Police also found Samuels’ driver’s license was suspended and observed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, they said.

“As the officers asked Samuels to get out of the vehicle he reached to his waistband area and tried to pull out a handgun,” police said in a release, adding with parenthesis included, “The officers were able to get him handcuffed and remove a loaded (one in chamber and six in the magazine) Springfield XDS 9mm handgun from his waistband.” 

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Police described a struggle for the handgun, but said neither Samuels nor the officers were injured.

He faces one count each of second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies, and second-degree and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, misdemeanors. Police also cited him for no front plate and unlicensed operation.

He was arraigned and ordered held without bail.

Police are investigating the origin of the handgun. Samuels can’t legally possess a handgun due to two prior felony convictions, police said.

Samuels was arrested and charged in April with attempted murder in Schenectady. He is accused of firing a handgun into a car occupied by five people April 5, authorities said at the time. No one was injured but a nearby home was struck, authorities said.

The shooting happened at about 2:18 p.m. that afternoon in the area of Consaul Road and Ward Avenue, according to the allegations.

Samuels is accused of recklessly firing the firearm into the vehicle with a depraved indifference to human life.

He was held from April 9 to April 22, when he was released on $40,000 bond, jail records show.

Previous: Police: Schenectady man fired gun into occupied car; Faces attempted murder count, April 14, 2020

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3 Comments

SHARON FLOOD

He has two prior felony convictions, is charged with a third, attempted murder, gets out on bond and gets arrested with a gun. Maybe keep him this time?

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