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NFL running back Saquon Barkley's father arrested in NYC, police say

NFL running back Saquon Barkley's father arrested in New York City
NFL running back Saquon Barkley's father arrested in New York City 01:24

NEW YORK -- Alibay Barkley, the father of NFL running back Saquon Barkley, was arrested on gun charges during a traffic stop in New York City, law enforcement sources confirmed to CBS New York. 

Police said officers stopped Barkley's gray Chevrolet Corvette for an obstructed license plate on East 140th Street and Third Avenue in the Bronx at around 7:15 p.m. on June 5. 

Officers determined the plate belonged to a different vehicle and said they found a loaded handgun, which was unlicensed in New York state, in the center console. 

Court documents say Barkley told officers, "That is my wife's gun."

NYPD shared a picture of the gun they confiscated on X.   

A copy of court documents obtained by CBS New York states Barkley, 55, told responding officers, "That is my wife's gun. We keep it for safety because of who my son is and because we come back to the Bronx to visit a lot." 

Barkley was charged with possession of ammunition, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He was arraigned Friday at Bronx Criminal Court. Bail was set at $15,000.

Barkley was convicted of charges in 2000

Court records show Barkley was previously convicted of resisting arrest in 2000.

Prior gun-related charges led to him serving a year at Rikers Island when he was 19, according to statements he and his son made to media outlets in recent years. 

Barkley's son signed a three-year, $37.75 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in March after six seasons with the New York Giants. 

The Barkley family lived in the Bronx when the future first-round draft pick was born and moved to Pennsylvania in 2001. 

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