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Amsterdam man charged after fight

Flores

AMSTERDAM — A city man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly fired several rounds from a rifle during a fight on the city’s Southside late last week.

Thomas S. Flores, 32, of 13 Essex St., was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; first-degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony; second-degree criminal use of a firearm, a class C felony; third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony; and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor, by city police after being taken into custody on Thursday.

Flores was taken into custody at his residence following a rapid investigation into the report of shots fired on the city’s Southside on Thursday, according to a police press release issued on Saturday.

City police were dispatched to the area of Bridge Street on Thursday around 10:30 p.m. after a fight apparently broke out before turning into a reported shots fired incident. Responding officers observed a large group of people around Bridge and Erie Streets upon arrival and began a canvass of the area that uncovered eight rifle shell casings that were recovered near the Erie Canal Bike Path crossing on Bridge Street.

Through interviews with witnesses and further investigation, Flores was identified to police as the suspect in the incident along with a description of the vehicle used in the incident, a dark colored SUV.

Officers then made their way to Flores’ Essex Street residence where a dark colored Honda Pilot was parked fitting the description of the vehicle driven by Flores from the scene provided by witnesses.

As officers approached the residence, Flores emerged and spoke with detectives before he was taken into custody.

Following Flores’ arrest, the investigation into the incident continued through the night and city police obtained a search warrant for Flores’ home signed by City Court Judge Lisa Lorman.

The warrant was executed Friday at approximately 8:37 a.m. without incident by city police and members of the Montgomery County Sheriff Department’s Regional SWAT Team. The search uncovered the weapon believed to have been fired during the Bridge Street incident as well as three additional firearms, including a handgun, that were each recovered by police.

Flores was arraigned on the charges he now faces in City Court before Lorman where he was remanded to the custody of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail set at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. Flores was later released on bail.

The investigation into the Thursday night incident on Bridge Street by city police remains active and ongoing.

Anyone with further information or footage of the incident is asked to contact the Amsterdam Police Department by phone at (518) 842-1100 or by email at infopd@amsterdampd.com.

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