A $90,000-per-year director with Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice was arrested along with two men Saturday night in Queens after a loaded gun was found in their car — double-parked just blocks away from the scene of an earlier shooting, police said.
Reagan Stevens — the Office’s Deputy Director of Youth and Strategic Initiatives — was busted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after cops found the loaded 9mm gun in the glovebox of the 2002 Infiniti double-parked on the corner of 177th Street and 106th Avenue in Jamaica around 10:25 p.m., cops said.
A single shell casing was also found in the car, police sources said.
The gun seized from the Infiniti carries an eight-round clip, but only had three rounds in it when it was found, sources said.
The officers were scanning the area for suspicious activity after the NYPD’s ShotSpotter system detected five gunshots on nearby 109th Avenue around 10 p.m., authorities said.
Surveillance video culled from the scene of the 109th Avenue shooting shows the muzzle flashes of five shots fired from a car.
It wasn’t clear who or what the gunman was targeting.
Stevens — a 42-year-old Brooklyn resident who, according to public records, earns just over $90,000 annually for her work with the city — was sitting in the backseat of the Infiniti when officers approached and found the gun, police said.
Cops also arrested the driver of the car, Caesar Forbes, 25, and a second passenger, Montel Hughes, 24, on three counts each of criminal possession of a weapon.
Both men were also allegedly carrying knives, sources said.
All three people were charged because no one fessed up to owning the gun, sources added.
Stevens, Forbes, and Hughes were awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court early Sunday.
Stevens’s profile on the Office of Criminal Justice’s website says that her work is “primarily focused on Raise the Age implementation,” referring to Gov. Cuomo’s initiative to tailor the state’s criminal justice system to better serve youthful offenders.
“Prior to that, Ms. Stevens was the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Action Plan’s Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System Task Force [and] … spent 15 years implementing crime prevention, adolescent diversion programs, and alternatives to incarceration at the Kings County District Attorney’s office,” the profile says.
She has one prior arrest from 2015, which is sealed.
“[Stevens] has been suspended immediately without pay pending investigation,” said Patrick Gallahue, a spokesman for the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, on Sunday. “We take these allegations very seriously.”
Additional reporting by Yoav Gonen