Teens arrested with AR-15 rifle and handgun in Albany, police say

Two boys, 16 and 17, are facing charges after they were arrested carrying loaded weapons in the capital district.

Albany police said they spotted the teens around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, as the boys walked near McCrossin Avenue and Thornton Street in Albany.

When detectives attempted to arrest the teenagers as part of an ongoing investigation, they broke into a run, police said.

The 16-year-old boy was caught and arrested shortly afterwards in the backyard of a house on McCrossin Avenue. He was carrying a loaded .40 caliber handgun, police said.

The 17-year-old suspect entered the house and was later found hiding in a bedroom. Police said he had a loaded AR-15 rifle and 30 rounds on him.

Neither teen lives at the home and they are not known to the landlord, police said.

Following their arrest, the 16-year-old suspect, a native of Albany, was charged with one count of criminal possession of a weapon. He was later released on Albany County probation supervision.

The 17-year-old suspect, from Schenectady, was charged with one count of burglary and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He was being held at the Albany County Juvenile Detention Center.

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