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Teen Flashes Gun Inside New Paltz Restaurant

Sascha Burkard

An Ulster County teen landed himself in jail after he allegedly brandished a handgun in New Paltz. 

On Friday, a New Paltz Police Officer was on foot patrol on Main Street in the Village of New Paltz, when two people flagged him down and reported that they observed a male brandish a handgun while inside a local restaurant.

Officers immediately responded to the establishment, and located the male, who matched the description given by witnesses.

While interviewing the man, officers observed a bulge consistent with a firearm in his front pants pocket. One officer then observed the handle of a weapon inside the man’s pocket.

The man was then detained, searched and found to be in possession of a loaded .38 caliber revolver.

Mikim J. Phillips, 17, of Kingston was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon second-degree, a class C felony.

Phillips was arraigned and remanded to Ulster County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, as per the recommendation by the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.

Phillips is scheduled back in court this week. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed.

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