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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, June 25, 2009

Weapons drawn on Maple Avenue as cops cuff suspect

By Saranac Hale Spencer

ALTAMONT — A trio of drawn guns stopped traffic on Maple Avenue last Friday.

Plain-clothed officers leapt from unmarked vehicles, aiming their guns at the Volvo sedan driven by Vaughn Felix, ordering him to the ground. 

The 19-year-old driver calmly followed directions, lying, facedown, in the middle of the road.  After he had been handcuffed, he looked on with furrowed brow.

Felix caught the attention of an Albany County Sheriff’s deputy when he tried to drive the wrong way on a one-way street near the Guilderland High School, said Captain William Reilly.  When the officer ran his Pennsylvania license plate number through a database, it showed that a New York City area agency had listed the vehicle as one that had been involved in an armed robbery between May 26 and the beginning of June, Reilly said.

Felix is a suspect in the case, Reilly said, but it is not being handled by the Sheriff’s Department and, as of Monday, no arrests had been made, but officers from the New York City agency were expected to come collect the car from the impound.

Felix, originally from Staten Island, had come to the outskirts of Altamont to live with family while he attended Hudson Valley Community College.

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