Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Bad Ride Home:
Decision to leave Buffalo abruptly results in unlawful imprisonment, felony weapon charge in Warsaw

A. Mudannayake
Call it a bad visit. A decision to return home abruptly while visiting Buffalo resulted in a traffic stop and felony weapons charge for a Brooklyn man.

Alexander G. Mudannayake, 22, and a friend were visiting her family members on May 16 in Buffalo, village police said. He and the friend went for a ride to get lunch, police said, when he told her they were driving back home to the New York City area instead. The friend didn’t want to return but was still in the vehicle. She alerted her family, who then informed Buffalo city police.

The friend kept texting her whereabouts in the meantime. Buffalo’s officers alerted Warsaw village police, who pulled Mudannayake over on East Buffalo Street. Police described him as very cooperative, but they also allegedly found a loaded Glock 9mm pistol in the vehicle, for which he didn’t have a permit. It was also allegedly determined that his vehicle’s license plates weren’t actually registered to the car.

“It was reported he had a handgun even before we stopped him,” said Chief Peter Hoffmeister of the village police. “He was taken out and detained.” Mudannayake was charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, along with second-degree unlawful imprisonment and improper license plates.

Mudannayake was committed to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail and is to appear July 16 in Village Court. State police assisted the traffic stop.

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