Roosevelt man faces weapons charge

A Roosevelt man was arrested and charged with gun possession Monday night after he ran through backyards and hid under a sport utility vehicle as he tried to escape from Nassau plainclothes officers, a canine team and a police helicopter, police said.

The officers started chasing the suspect, Denzel Smith, 18, after he bicycled past them on William Street in Roosevelt shortly before 9 p.m., First Squad detectives said in a Tuesday report.

He was "holding his waistband," police said. "As Smith passed the officers a strong odor of marijuana was also detected."


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The officers identified themselves as Nassau police and tried to stop him on Lakewood Avenue, police said.

Smith "jumped off his bicycle and began running through the rear yards of several homes on William Street with at least one officer chasing after him on foot," the report said.

"As Smith jumped over a fence leading him to East Roosevelt Avenue he was observed tossing a loaded 9 mm handgun," police said.

The officer found the discarded gun, according to police, and advised the canine officer and the helicopter crew that Smith had run onto East Roosevelt Avenue.

Officers found him hiding under the SUV in a backyard and arrested him, police said.

Smith, of 88 W. Centennial Ave., was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday on a criminal weapon-possession charge at First District Court, Hempstead.

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