Soccer pro busted fleeing with stolen gun, live ammo: NYPD



New York soccer pro Zaire Bartley was busted with a stolen gun in The Bronx after trying to speed away from cops who spotted live ammo in his car, the NYPD said Sunday.

Bartley — a 22-year-old midfielder for the New Amsterdam Football Club — was initially pulled over around 9 p.m. Friday for having an expired plate on his 2017 BMW, police said.

An officer then spotted a round of live ammo in clear view in the car’s back seat — and Bartley attempted to race away when asked about it, the NYPD said.

He was arrested after being pulled over at White Plains Road and Burke Avenue, three blocks from the first stop and a mile from where he lives in the Laconia section of The Bronx, police said.

Bartley of Throop Avenue was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and fleeing an officer in a vehicle, the NYPD said.

Bartley is currently on the active roster for New Amsterdam FC, which plays in the National Independent Soccer Association, police said. He is scheduled to appear in Bronx Criminal Court in April, court records show.

The club calls itself “New York City’s ‘Club of the People” but since the pandemic started has been playing games in the Hudson Sports Complex in upstate Warwick.

The club did not immediately respond to requests for comment Sunday.


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