Brownsville police: Driver charged after displaying gun outside Ozanam shelter

4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Tuesday, May 09 2023 May 9, 2023 May 09, 2023 8:47 AM May 09, 2023 in News - Local

A man was charged Tuesday after police said he drove into the parking lot of a Brownsville shelter and displayed a gun at security officers, according to the Brownsville Police Department.

Joseph Serino is accused of attempting to enter the parking lot of the Ozanam Center on Monday with a gun.

The incident happened a day after a man was arrested and charged with killing several people at a bus stop in an auto-pedestrian crash outside the shelter.

According to a news release, Serino was told to leave the center’s parking lot by two security guards, one of who noticed a black handgun on his lap. The center called 911 after Serino left.

“Officers did locate the vehicle a couple of blocks down," Brownsville police spokesperson Martin Sandoval said. "There was no gun found in the vehicle. There are officers in the area actively searching certain areas where the vehicle traveled to see if maybe they can find a gun."

Officers found marijuana on Serino. He was arraigned on charges of reckless driving and possession of marijuana. 

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