Jamestown Police Department reported Wednesday that the loaded gun recovered from a Jamestown man, who was apprehended on Tuesday after fleeing a domestic disturbance, was stolen.
Zaid Mendoza, 35, was reported to have a loaded .40 caliber pistol during his arrest. The pistol's serial number, though scratched off, was recovered by investigators and traced to a stolen gun from a residential burglary in Warren, Pa. The gun was first reported stolen to the Warren Police Department on Aug. 11.
On Tuesday, Mendoza attempted to avoid apprehension by police officers at 1:40 p.m. by fleeing from a domestic disturbance at 633 E. Second St.. Police were forced to subdue Mendoza with the use of a Taser device. He was then allegedly found in possession of the pistol, several baggies of crack cocaine and cash.
According to Captain Robert Samuelson of the JPD, the pistol was found to contain 13 rounds of ammunition, which is in violation of the NY SAFE Act.
Mendoza is being charged with multiple felonies including: second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. He will now be charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.