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March 15, 2013

Police: Brothers found with loaded guns, body armor

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City Police arrested two brothers on felony weapons charges Thursday after surrounding a local apartment building.

The investigation started when City Police made a traffic stop for a loud exhaust at 2 a.m. Thursday on Oak Street, according to a press release from Plattsburgh City Police.

During the stop, officers discovered the driver, Jacob E. LaDuke, 21, of 38 Adirondack Lane, was in possession of a loaded 9mm pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and body armor, police said in the release.

LaDuke was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony.

He was also issued traffic tickets for making an improper right turn and inadequate exhaust.

Police Chief Desmond Racicot said that while Jacob was driving around the city, his brother, Evan R. LaDuke, 23, was driving in the same area in another vehicle.

It was unclear Thursday night what Evan had in his car at that time though, Racicot said.

While Racicot said police could not say why the LaDuke brothers were both driving around at 2 a.m., he did say the fact that one of them had a gun and body armor in his vehicle is “certainly a very scary situation.”

He said neither Jacob nor Evan had the legal right to possess a handgun.

“We’re investigating what they were doing and where they were going,” Racicot said.

GUNS, BODY ARMOR FOUND

After the traffic stop, further investigation led police to believe there were more illegal weapons at LaDuke’s apartment.

Plattsburgh City detectives began working on the case and obtained a search warrant for LaDuke’s apartment and a car at that location from City Court Judge Mark Rogers, police said.

Racicot said police had the apartment building on Adirondack Lane surrounded by undercover officers, with an armored vehicle on standby nearby, in case the suspects tried to resist arrest.

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