• Published

The only person arrested during a night of fights and traffic disruption at the July 4th Friendship Festival in Riverside Park has pleaded guilty to weapon charges.

Marlek Williams, 21, of Littlefield Avenue, admitted he had a loaded Colt .380 semi-automatic pistol that he discarded as police chased him near the park that night.

Police arrested Williams on Gorton Street after responding to a call of a man waving a gun on Tonawanda Street.

The arrest came amid fights at the Friendship Festival, which attracted about 20,000 people for fireworks. Police said the size of the crowd it difficult for people to leave after the fireworks.

Police said a large group briefly blocked traffic and jumped on cars on Tonawanda Street. Police eventually cleared the group.

But Williams was the only one arrested.

While out on bail on the gun charge, Williams was arrested on another gun charge on Nov. 14 on East Ferry Street, where police found him with a .22-caliber revolver loaded with six rounds. His bail was revoked.

Williams pleaded guilty last week to two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He faces a maximum prison term of 30 years when sentenced Jan. 14 by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Click here to see the comments. Add yours now!