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Elmont man nabbed after hotel room struggle with cops
BY JOSEPH MALLIA firstname.lastname@example.org
A man carrying a loaded handgun tried to evade the police by climbing through an Elmont motel bathroom window, but after a struggle he was arrested Tuesday night on drug and weapons charges, Nassau police said.
The 11:40 p.m. arrest came after police officers noticed a suspicious car in the Parkway Motor Inn lot at 35 Plainfield Ave. in Elmont.
As the officers walked toward the car the driver, David Stanford, 27, of Elmont got out and ran into a motel room, the police said.
When Stanford climbed out the room's bathroom window, Fifth Precinct Police Officers Frank Diconza and Richard Muller were waiting for him.
Stanford fought with the officers when they tried to arrest him, but he was eventually handcuffed and taken into custody. During the struggle, Officer Diconza broke a bone in one of his hands, and he was taken to Winthrop-University Hospital where he was treated and released.
The officers found that Stanford was carrying a loaded 9-mm handgun and several small bags of marijuana, police said.
He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and marijuana possession.
Stanford, of 39 Fallon Ave., was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.
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