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Michael T. Baldwin Reports: Bolivar man arrested for felony weapons charge after I-390 stop

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INTERSTATE 390 – Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of an Allegany County resident on a felony weapon charge following an incident in August of 2020.
On August 30th , 2020 at about 12:20am Deputy Laszlo Babocsi was on patrol in the area of Interstate 390 when he conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle after observing a violation of the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law.

During the roadside investigation, a passenger in the stopped vehicle was identified as Michael J. Perkins, age 40 from Bolivar, NY. Perkins was found to be in possession of a switch blade knife. A records check also revealed that Perkins had previously been convicted of a crime.

Due to an ongoing investigation with additional subjects in the vehicle, Perkins was released from the stop pending the outcome of the investigation.

In May of 2021, the investigation was concluded and contact with Perkins was attempted for the arrest to be made. Due to the negative contact with Perkins, an Arrest Warrant was lodged. On December 14th, 2021 Perkins was located and arrested on the active warrant. Perkins was charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree. Perkins was transported and turned over to the Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre arraignment detention.

The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charge. It was recommended that Perkins be held without bail due to having three (3) previous felony convictions. Perkins was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Kyle Mackay. The Judge did remand Perkins to the custody of the Sheriff without the possibility of bail. The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Perkins at the court arraignment for his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear to represent the people.

Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Cheyenne Masiello and Sergeant Caleb Cutting.

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