Officers from the Brooklyn South Gang Unit arrested four men and recovered two illegal handguns last Wednesday afternoon. The officers were on patrol in the vicinity of Brooklyn’s Bedford Avenue and Maple Street when they observed a 2009 blue Nissan Maxima traveling eastbound on Maple Street with heavily tinted windows and a cover on its rear license plate. The officers pulled the car over, and as they approached the vehicle they encountered a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the car.
The officers observed an open Pringles container with marijuana stuffed inside. The four suspects inside the vehicle were ordered out of the car and placed under arrest. The suspects and the vehicle were then taken to the 71 Precinct for further investigation. The Emergency Service Unit Canine Unit (ESU-K9) was requested to respond to the precinct for an evidence search of the vehicle.
When ESU-K9 arrived at the precinct, Police Officer Colecchia directed his canine, Timoshenko, to the Nissan Maxima. ESU-K9 Timoshenko immediately alerted the officers about the driver’s side door panel, grabbing the loose arm rest and ripping it off the panel. Inside the door panel, a loaded Glock 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen in Haverstraw, New York and a loaded Smith & Wesson 9MM semi-automatic handgun were found. The two weapons had high capacity magazines. The four men were charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, and unlawful possession of marijuana. The driver was also charged with equipment violations and a license plate violation.
Coincidentally, ESU-K9 Timoshenko and his handler, Police Officer Benny Colecchia, responded to this scene. ESU-K9 Timoshenko is named after Detective Russel Timoshenko who was killed in the line of duty on July 9, 2007. In 2007, Detective Timoshenko and his partner, Detective Herman Yan, had conducted a car stop at the corner of Lefferts Avenue and Rogers Avenue, just two-and-a-half blocks from where officers pulled over the Nissan Maxima on Wednesday, and as Detectives Timoshenko and his partner approached the car, the suspects inside the vehicle fired upon them, striking Detective Timoshenko in the face, killing him, and striking Detective Yan in the chest and arm.