The mayor of Rochester, New York, and her estranged husband have both been slammed with gun possession after a raid on their home in May.
Lovely Warren and Timothy Granison were both charged with criminal possession of a firearm, two charges of endangering the welfare of a child and two charges of failing to secure firearms in a home.
Mayor Warren has said he will not plead guilty to the charges.
New York State Police searched the mayor’s home in Woodman Park along with a number of other properties after months of investigation into an alleged drug operation in Rochester.
Granison, 42, was stopped by police in his car and found to be in possession of a large amount of cocaine, authorities said in May.
Investigators then raided the home he shares with the mayor and seized two firearms — a semi-automatic rifle and a loaded handgun. The couple’s 10-year-old daughter, Taylor, was home alone at the time.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and her estranged husband Timothy Granison face several gun charges
Mayor Lovely Warren posted this Facebook post shortly after he was charged with several gun offenses on Friday
Granison was charged with seven others in connection with the investigation, although the mayor was not among the suspects.
Warren later commented on the “highly suspicious” timing of her husband’s arrest, claiming the couple had been separated for “many years.”
After being presented to the grand jury, the latest charges were revealed on Friday.
Granison was arrested along with several others after what investigators say was a “major” mid-level drug operation.
A rifle and pistol were found during a search of the mayor’s house. The couple’s 10-year-old daughter, pictured here, was reportedly left home alone at the time of the search
The Democrat’s Rochester home (pictured) was robbed in May while the couple’s daughter was home alone
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is pictured with estranged husband Timothy Granison and their daughter in a 2013 Facebook photo
Investigators claim Granison was arrested and had a “large amount of cocaine.”
Houses were then searched after search warrants were issued. The properties include the mayor’s residence.
More than two kilograms of powdered cocaine and crack with a street value of approximately $60,000 were seized from the homes, along with three firearms and a semi-automatic rifle.
One of the unregistered weapons and the rifle were also found in the mayor’s house along with $100,000.
Seven people, including Granison, were arrested and charged in connection with the raids. They are: 39-year-old Dkeidron Dublin, 44-year-old Jason Siplin, 27-year-old Jason Siplin, Jr., 30-year-old Namon Brown, 19-year-old Ernest S. Gamble, and 32-year-old Lytrice Jackson.
Granison was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a firearm. Warren was not charged in connection with the drug investigation.
Police officers said Mayor Warren’s daughter, Taylor, was home during the search and the mayor was not.
State police conduct a search and carry items from the home of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren in May
Officials revealed the mayor’s home raid was one of seven raids on homes that day as part of a drug raid
Two firearms were seized from the mayor’s house and Granison was charged with illegally possessing a firearm over one of them
Granison appeared via video (above) at Rochester City Court from the Monroe County Jail, where he spent the night following his arrest in May
“What we did was we took her father to the house, and we had him call her so we could explain things to her and I contacted someone, and a relative showed up and removed her from the house,” the police said. . Major Barry Chase explained.
“There is nothing to implicate me in these allegations announced today because I have done nothing wrong,” Warren said in a prepared statement. “I haven’t spoken to Tim since his arrest and I’m not here to defend him.”
Warren and Granison will be arraigned next week in Monroe County on the new charges.
Warren has spent the past year between crises. She was indicted in October on charges of breaking campaign finance rules during her last reelection campaign, four years ago.
The treasurers of her campaign and political action committees were also indicted.
Mayor Lovely Warren was indicted last October on charges of breaking campaign finance rules during her latest reelection campaign
She has admitted to making mistakes in processing and reporting campaign contributions, but said they were honest mistakes, not crimes.
Last summer, she faced calls to resign over her handling of the death of Daniel Prude, a black man who stopped breathing after police placed him in a mesh hood and pinned him to the curb.
Police and city officials said almost nothing publicly about the death for months until Prude’s family obtained and released a body camera video of his death.
In March, an investigation into the official response to Prude’s death, commissioned by the Rochester City Council, said Warren was lying to the public about what she knew and when she knew. A special councilor for the city council disputed those claims.
A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed in April that named Warren and other city officials and accused them of allowing a culture of police brutality against racial minorities.
Democrat Warren was decisively defeated in the party’s mayoral election last month by councilor Malik Evans.