Police: Auburn man who assaulted female, had loaded gun in coat pocket faces felony charges

The Auburn Police Department says a 28-year-old male was arrested on several felony and misdemeanor charges related to a physical assault and weapons possession after he assaulted a female victim.

At approximately 4:05 am patrol officers were dispatched to the area of Clymer Street and Westwood Drive for the report of a possible assault. Upon their arrival the officers located a 24-year-old female victim who reported that she had been punched in the face and head area repeatedly after she refused the sexual advances made by a male, identified as Brandon Tape.

The victim was treated by members of the Auburn Fire Department and was treated at Auburn Community Hospital for treatment for her injuries, which included swelling to her head and a swollen, black eye. A short time later, Officer Augello located the defendant operating a vehicle on Washington Street near Barber Street and initiated a traffic stop.

The defendant was removed from his vehicle and a pat down search was conducted. Police say they found Tape was in possession of a loaded .380 caliber handgun, which was located in the chest pocket of his jacket. There was a live round in the chamber of the gun and several live rounds were found in the magazine in the gun.

The serial number of the gun was partially defaced as well.

Tape was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon — both felonies, as well as forcible touching, third-degree assault, and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

He was taken into custody without further incident.

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