crime and punishment

Ohio’s Saadiq Teague goes to Times Square with AK-17 a month after cops shot his father in Columbus

Saadiq Teague
Saadiq Teague

Saadiq Teague, 18, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, United States was recently arrested by the New York Police Department. He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession relating to an ammunition clip, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The African American teenager’s father Andrew Teague, 43, was accused of shooting at his brother more than a dozen times during a fight on February 2, 2021. Andrew fled when authorities tried to arrest him for felonious assault at around 3:00 p.m. on March 5, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus Police Department officers and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputies chased Andrew. The pursuit ended on I-270 where he was fatally shot while exchanging gunfire with an officer and a deputy, WBNS-TV reported.

Andrew Teague (©Franklin County Jail)
Andrew Teague (©Franklin County Jail)

At around 12:30 p.m. on April 16, 2021, Saadiq was sitting down and charging his phone on the mezzanine level of the Times Square subway station off the A, C, and E line in New York City, New York, USA when NYPD officers took him to custody. He had an unloaded AK-47 assault rifle, a loaded magazine and a gas mask, a source told CNN.

When Saadiq took the semi-automatic rifle out of his bag and placed it on the ground next to him in plain sight, he was spotted by two NYPD officers performing a station inspection. He is a good kid who enjoyed playing football, his uncle Rennell Mahone told the New York Post.

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Times Square was originally called Longacre Square. In 1904, it was renamed after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the then newly erected Times Building, which is now called the One Times Square.

Since December 31, 1907, the New Year’s Eve ball drop has been taking place annually at Times Square. Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the most recent edition was limited only to invited families of first responders and other essential workers from New York City along with members of the media and performers.

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