Newburgh gunman nabbed after standoff

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After a one-hour standoff outside a Newburgh home, police on Friday arrested a man accused of pistol-whipping a former girlfriend.

The suspect was one of 78 accused gang members swept up in a series of federal raids in Newburgh in 2010.

The events that led to the stand-off started at 1:10 a.m., when the Newburgh Police Department received a call about an assault on Lander Street. Officers arrived and found an injured 25-year-old woman who had been pistol-whipped by her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Mays, police said. Mays also stole the victim's cell phone and fled before officers arrived, Det. Erik Eltz said.

At 8:30 a.m., police were tipped off that Mays, 25, was inside an apartment at 193 Lander St. After officers and detectives surrounded the building, Det. Joseph Cortez communicated with Mays and people who lived inside the building during a one-hour standoff.

Eventually, police said, Mays walked outside and surrendered to police.

Police served a warrant on 193 Lander St. and found a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, as well as the victim's cell phone.

Police charged Mays with felony weapons possession, robbery and assault. Mays was on federal probation from a May 2010 case in which some 600 police officers and federal agents nabbed 75 accused members of the Latin Kings and Bloods in a series of pre-dawn raids.

Although police raided more than 20 known drug spots and safe houses in Newburgh that morning, Mays was one of three accused gang members who initially evaded capture. Police caught up to him on July 3, 2010, when a Newburgh police officer on patrol recognized Mays and chased him down on foot.

In that case, Mays was charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, a federal charge. He was released on Sept. 2, 2011 after taking a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

On Friday, Mays was arraigned and sent to Orange County Jail on $250,000 bail. Records did not list an attorney or a return court date for Mays.

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