Rochester Convicted Felon Charged In U.S. District Court With Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

Jimmy L. Harris, Jr., 43, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Harris, who has five previous felony drug and firearm convictions in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2011 is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. 

On August 2, 2022,  a Rochester Police Officer observed a blue Nissan Sentra at the intersection of Avenue D and Hudson Avenue, which the officer recognized from an officer safety bulletin. 

The bulletin advised that the vehicle was suspected of being involved in two recent Rochester shooting incidents. Harris was suspected to be driving the Nissan, he was believed to possess a pistol and he did not have a valid driver’s license. 

After calling for backup, the officer approached Harris in a nearby store parking lot. Despite being commanded to stop, Harris ran but was taken into custody after a brief foot chase. Harris physically resisted being taken into custody causing another officer to sustain a cut on his arm that required stitches. During a search of the Nissan, officers located a 9mm pistol and 31 rounds of ammunition.

Harris, today made an initial appearance on August 4, 2022, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen and remains in custody.

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