3 charged with carrying concealed weapon in car
The back-seat passenger had no identification, police said.
BOARDMAN -- Three people were charged with carrying a concealed weapon after a traffic stop where an officer said he saw a gun within reach of all three of the vehicle's occupants.
About 11:20 a.m. Sunday, an officer stopped a Jeep on U.S. Route 224 at Applewood Boulevard because its temporary license plate was hanging loose.
The officer wrote in his report that all three of the Jeep's occupants were moving around in the vehicle as the officer approached -- as if they were handing things to one another.
The back-seat passenger, who the officer noted appeared nervous, wasn't able to provide identification and identified himself only as Rolando.
When another officer arrived, the driver, Randy Michaels, 18, of Penhale Avenue, Campbell, and front-seat passenger, Sammy Ramirez, 23, of Robinson Road, Campbell, were asked to step out of the car and asked about the identity of the back-seat passenger.
Michaels told police that he only knew the man as Rolando; Ramirez said it was his cousin and he believed his last name was Cordona.
When the officer approached the car with the third man still seated inside, he opened the car door and saw a pistol in a seat pocket in front of the man. The gun was within reach of all three men, police said.
Michaels, Ramirez and Rolando Cordona, 19, of Kirk Road, Austintown, were charged with carrying a concealed weapon and lodged in the Mahoning County Justice Center.
The gun was loaded, police said, and another magazine loaded with ammunition also was found in the car.