STAMFORD, Conn. -- A loaded Smith & Wesson .357-handgun was found in the backseat armrest of a vehicle after a Stamford officer pulled the driver over for not signaling during a lane shift, police said.
The officer stopped the 1992 red Cadillac Seville at the intersection of Tresser Boulevard and Clinton Avenue at about 10 p.m. Friday. The officer noticed the individuals inside the vehicle appeared to be concealing something, police said.
The driver, James Dupree, said he left his license at home and said the car belonged to his father, police said. He told officers he was driving his friends home. None of the three passengers had identification with them, police said.
The officer noticed that one of the passengers appeared to be nervous, police said. The officer asked the driver and passengers to get out of the vehicle, and they were patted down, police said.
"As he was checking the rear passenger section of the vehicle, they were very focused on what he was looking at," said Sgt. Kelly Connelly.
The officer quickly discovered the handgun tucked in the rear armrest, police said.
"All four individuals did not appear at all to be surprised there was a loaded handgun in the car," Connelly said. They all denied owning the weapon, police said.
James Dupree, 20, of 157 Myano Lane; Marcus Taylor-Davenport, 20, of 161 Myano Lane; Tivon Joseph, 19, of 71 Woodside St.; and a 17-year-old juvenile whose name was not released due to his age were charged with various firearm-related offenses.
Bond for each of the three adults was set at $5,000, while the juvenile was issued a juvenile summons.
Dupree was also given a written warning for failing to turn without signaling and not carrying a driver's license.