An off-duty bigwig in the mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice was busted in Queens after cops found a gun in a car she was sitting in, authorities said Sunday.
Reagan Stevens, 42, the deputy director of youth and strategic initiatives, was sitting in the back of a parked 2002 Infiniti with two men on 107th St. near 106th Ave. in Jamaica when a nearby ShotSpotter detected five shots fired about 10:20 p.m. on Saturday.
Cops searched the Infiniti and discovered a 9-mm. gun in the glove compartment with a serial number scratched off — an additional offense — and a single spent shell casing.
The gun, which carries an eight-round clip, contained three rounds when police discovered it, according to a law enforcement source.
Nobody in the vehicle would admit to owning the gun, so all three were arrested, authorities said. Police were investigating whether the weapon was responsible for setting off the ShotSpotter alert.
ShotSpotter is a citywide system of highly tuned microphones designed to detect gunfire and pinpoint its location.
Stevens was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
The two men she was with — Ceasar Forbes, the 25-year-old driver of the Infiniti, and Montel Hughes, 24 — were both hit with an additional charge of carrying knives. Forbes admitted he owned the car, prosecutors said.
Stevens has one prior arrest, from last year, which is sealed, authorities said.
In a statement to the Daily News on Sunday, the Office of Criminal Justice confirmed Stevens’ suspension.
“The employee has been suspended immediately without pay pending investigation,” the statement said. “We take these allegations very seriously.”
On its website, the office describes itself as the “chief adviser on public safety strategy.”
“(The office) shapes and funds strategies at every stage — from interactions with first responders on the street, to how cases are processed through the criminal justice system, to connecting individuals leaving Rikers Island jails with programs and services to help them build productive and healthy futures.”
Stevens, who lives in Brooklyn, primarily works on the implementation of the Raise the Age bill signed into law last year by Gov. Cuomo, according to a city website. By October 2019, the state will no longer automatically prosecute all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.
Her annual salary is about $90,000, according to city records.
Stevens previously worked as the deputy director of the Action Plan of the Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System.
Prior to that, she worked for the Brooklyn district attorney implementing crime prevention and adolescent diversion programs and alternatives to incarceration.
She is a native of the city and graduated from Binghamton University.
Stevens hid her face from reporters and said nothing as she walked out of the courtroom Sunday night.