On June 30, 2024, at 8:40 p.m., while participating in a multi-jurisdictional stolen vehicle task force in the City of Rochester, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies observed a motorcycle pass them at a high rate of speed. Not long after, the motorcyclist began following the marked patrol car, engaging in aggressive and reckless behavior, and eventually making verbal threats against the deputies. During the course of this behavior, the motorcyclist struck an uninvolved vehicle in the area of Genesee Street and Seward Street and fled the scene on foot. While being pursued by deputies, he doubled-back to the motorcycle where he retrieved a loaded .40 caliber handgun just as deputies were able to take him into custody. Thankfully, deputies apprehended him before he had the opportunity to use the handgun. During the course of this arrest, two deputies sustained minor injuries while taking the suspect into custody. Both deputies were medically treated and released.

Christopher D. Rivers Jr., 27, of Rochester is charged with:

· Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class C-Felony)

· Assault in the Second Degree Against Police Officers (Class D-Felony) (2 Counts)

Rivers, a convicted felon, does not have a valid NYS pistol permit, and is therefore unable to legally possess a firearm.

Rivers was arraigned in Rochester City Court and remanded to the Monroe County Jail where he is being held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.


Deputy Brendan Hurley
Public Information Officer
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
(585) 753-4840