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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 13, 2020

10 Individuals Charged with Possessing Firearms in Brooklyn Over Two Days in August

Ten individuals were separately charged by complaint or indictment during the past week in the Eastern District of New York with being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Seth D. DuCharme, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced the arrests and charges.  

“The one tried and true way to reduce the rapid spike in gun violence we’ve experienced in Brooklyn this summer is to take the guns out of the hands of repeat offenders and take those offenders off of our streets,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney DuCharme.  “This is another example of the great results we’ve achieved with our Project Safe Neighborhoods program and I commend the outstanding work by this Office’s prosecutors, members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the FBI-NYPD New York Metro Safe Streets Task Force and the New York State Department of Parole for sending a clear message to convicted criminals that carrying a gun also carries serious federal consequences.”

As alleged, the following defendants, having previously been convicted in a court of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year, intentionally possessed a firearm:

DASHAWN ANDREWS

On August 6, 2020 Andrews was indicted for possessing a Taurus, model PT-22, .22LR caliber pistol and ammunition on Livonia Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue in Brooklyn.

PAOLO ALFARO BARBER

On August 6, 2020, in front of 2501 Newkirk Avenue in Brooklyn, NYPD Officers observed an L-shaped bulge in a bag hanging from Alfaro Barber’s neck.  When the bag was searched, officers found a Taurus .38 caliber revolver loaded with six rounds of .38 caliber ammunition. 

TERRENCE BROWN

On August 6, 2020, Brown was indicted for possessing a Taurus PT 111, 9mm pistol found in his apartment at 419 Blake Ave. in Brooklyn during a search by New York State Parole Officers and NYPD Officers.

JAHQUEL GIDDEON

On August 6, 2020, Giddeon was indicted for possessing a loaded Ruger 380 semi-automatic pistol found under a mattress during a search of his apartment on Rockaway Parkway by New York State Parole Officers.

MACYE MCCALL

On August 6, 2020, McCall was indicted for possessing a Taurus, Model 85, .38 Special caliber revolver.  NYPD Officers discovered the gun after they pulled over a Range Rover in which McCall was a passenger for driving the wrong way down a one way street off  Sutter Avenue in Brooklyn.

TONY MCQUEEN

On August 6, 2020, McQueen was arrested for possessing a Smith & Wesson Model M&P 9C caliber 9mm pistol loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition in a vehicle where he was found intoxicated and passed out behind the wheel at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Boyland Street in Brooklyn.

AVERY MILLINGTON

On August 6, 2020, Millington was indicted for possession of Charter Arms Undercover .38 Special Pistol loaded with five rounds of .38 caliber ammunition after he was observed driving a Hyundai the wrong way on Bristol Street near Newport Avenue in Brooklyn.

KEENEN NURSE

On August 4, 2020, Nurse was arrested on a complaint charging him with possessing a loaded Jimenez Arms .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol hidden under the stairwell in a residential building on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.  Nurse’s DNA was found on the firearm.

MARVIN PICKETT

On August 6, 2020, Pickett was arrested on an indictment charging him with possessing a Taurus .380 caliber pistol while allegedly driving drunk and crashing into a Citibike stand at Nassau and Navy Streets in downtown Brooklyn on March 28, 2020.

AARON SWABY

On August 6, 2020, Swaby was indicted for possessing a Smith & Wesson, Model SD40VE, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol inside a vehicle stopped by NYPD Officers for a traffic infraction on Surf Avenue in Brooklyn.

These cases are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General William Barr has enhanced PSN as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The charges in the complaints and indictments are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  If convicted, the defendants face up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The government’s cases are being handled by the Office’s Criminal Division, General Crimes Section and Organized Crime and Gangs Section.

The Defendants:

DASHAWN ANDREWS
Age:  29
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-285 (ILG)

PAOLO ALFARO BARBER
Age:  29
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-MJ-642

TERRENCE BROWN
Age:  24
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-295 (WFK)

JAHQUEL GIDDEON
Age:  20
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-289 (MKB)

MACYE MCCALL (also known as “Gunplay”)
Age:  27
Bronx, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-290 (ARR)

TONY MCQUEEN
Age:  32
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-MJ-643

AVERY MILLINGTON
Age:  25
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-288 (LDH)

KEENEN NURSE
Age:  29
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y.  Docket No. 20-MJ-602

MARVIN PICKETT
Age:  38
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-255 (BMC)

AARON SWABY
Age:  27
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-287 (WFK)

Updated August 13, 2020