State police: Man with stolen gun arrested after escaping custodyPosted: Updated:
An Albany man was arrested earlier this month for allegedly possessing a stolen handgun, state police say.
Santiago Cruz, 40, was pulled over for speeding on Jan. 16 at around 8:30 p.m. on the Taconic State Parkway in Pleasant Valley. That’s when police discovered he did not have a valid driver's license.
Police say they then found a stolen gun.
As he was being taken into custody, authorities say a struggle ensues and Cruz fled into a wooded area.
He was caught 45 minutes later and has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and stolen property.
According to state police, Cruz was arraigned in Pleasant Valley Court where he was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $200,000 cash bail or $400,000 bond.