Felon accused of possessing pump action shotgun

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Lockport man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police executed a search warrant on a vehicle on September 3 that they believed was used in two bank robberies this summer. During the search, officers found a 12 gauge Mossberg pump action shotgun.

Prosecutors say the vehicle belonged to Philip Ruiz’s girlfriend, but the vehicle was parked at the 24-year-old’s home when the search warrant was executed.

Investigators learned Ruiz was on probation for a 2010 third degree attempted burglary conviction, and because of his record, was not allowed to posses firearms.

After being arraigned Friday afternoon in court, where he pleaded not guilty, Ruiz was held.

If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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