JAY — Two 9 mm handguns were found in a car believed to be involved in a drive-by shooting at an apartment house at 35 Main St. last week, according to Police Chief Richard Caton IV’s affidavit filed with a Farmington court.

Alicia Beck Franklin County Detention Center

Police responded to a complaint of shots fired about 2:40 p.m. on April 23. Witnesses advised dispatchers they could hear gunshots and saw a white vehicle leaving Otis Street, which runs beside the apartment house.

Alicia Beck, 35, of Levant, and Arthur Cohen, 35, of Waterbury, Connecticut, have been charged in the incident.

Three shots hit the residence on Main Street and three shell casings from a 9 mm were found on the roadway, according to Caton.

One bullet hole was found underneath a roof of a doorway and two others were on the second-story wall.

“The bullet holes appeared to be fresh,” Caton wrote.

A woman was in the second-floor apartment.

It appears the shots would have come from the passenger side of a vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Arthur Cohen Franklin County Detention Center photo

Police stopped the suspect car in front of Western Auto on Main Street in Livermore Falls, and Jay and Livermore Falls officers detained three people inside. Police determined the back seat passenger was picked up after the shooting.

An officer advised Caton that a 9 mm handgun was hidden between Beck’s thighs as she sat in the driver’s seat. The other gun was in the driver’s door console.

The handgun in Beck’s possession contained a Sig full-metal jacket round in the chamber. The casings found at the scene were confirmed to be Sigs.

Beck was charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and released from jail on $5,000 unsecured bail and a supervised release agreement.

Cohen, who was believed to be living in Maine, was charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, namely a firearm, and illegal possession of a firearm. He remained at the Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington on Wednesday on $20,000 cash bail.

According to the affidavit, Cohen has convictions in Connecticut for assault, threatening, escape, possession of a firearm and burglary, which range from 2004 to 2017.

Convictions for reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and illegal possession of a firearm are each punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

“We are still investigating for possible further charges,” Caton said.


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