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Knicks struggling point guard Raymond Felton allegedly pointed a huge, armor-piercing handgun at his estranged wife during an earlier domestic dispute, sources said. Ariane Raymondo-Felton – who recently filed for divorce – brought Felton’s Belgian-made pistol, an FNH 5.7×28, to the 20th Precinct on the Upper West Side, and the starting point guard later turned himself in for questioning, sources said.
“The wife is saying they had four verbal altercations since July last year. On the last one, he pointed a gun at her. It’s an armor-piercing gun, loaded. It’s a bad ass gun,” a law enforcement source told The Post. The source said Raymondo-Felton, 26, got fed up with Felton and told cops he was a serial cheater.
“She said, ‘He’s out doing his thing.’ Looks like he was [having sex with] some girl on the side. They were arguing about bulls–t domestic stuff, but on this last one he pulled the gun, she said,” the source added. Felton, the source said, came to the precinct with his lawyer, James Walden.
“He came in with his white shoe attorney and didn’t say a word except, ‘Hello,’” the source said. Police said Felton was later charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second, third and fourth-degrees after cops determined the gun was not legal.
He was expected to be arraigned later Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court – and could face jail time if convicted under New York’s tough gun laws.
Sources said the 28 mm handgun is one of the largest made, and that his wife took it from their home at 400 West 63rd St. Officers escorted Felton from the precinct through a back door into a black Ford Taurus and pulled away quickly. The incident was the latest – and most serious – involving the point guard, who is having a nightmare year as the Knicks have fallen to 21-36 during a season in which owner James Dolan expected them to compete for the NBA championship.
Felton’s play has been inconsistent at best, and he’s suffered a series of nagging injuries and has appeared out of shape.
The Post’s Page Six reported last week that Felton’s wife – a law student at Fordham University – filed for divorce after 19 months of marriage.
Felton — whom the Knicks signed two years ago in a vain effort to replace Jeremy “Linsanity” Lin — scored just eight points in the Knicks’ 110-108 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden shortly before the incident on Monday night.
He inked a $10 million, three-year contract, and the team failed to unload him by last week’s trade deadline.
The second-degree felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years if convicted, and the third-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years if convicted.