Albany Man has stolen handgun, provides fake name

Jose Cruz mugshot

An Albany man is facing a long list of charges after a traffic stop on the Taconic State Parkway.  State troopers say 40 year old Jose Santiago Cruz provided a false identity to police throughout their investigation.  When Cruz could not produce a valid drivers license and learned his vehicle would be impounded, he became irate.  Cruz was also in possession of a stolen handgun.  Cruz struggled with a Trooper while being taken into custody and was able to flee into a nearby wooded area.  A K-9 unit was able to locate Cruz 45 minutes later.  After arraignment, once Cruz's true identity was determined, his earlier bail was revoked.


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