Man brandishes BB gun at birthday party
A city man faces threatening charges after pointing a BB gun at two people during a birthday party.Early Sunday, Jan. 13, Nelson Ruiz, 27, of 191 Newfield St., attended a birthday party of a downstairs neighbor, became intoxicated and got into an altercation with a guest. The host asked Ruiz to leave, but he returned with a gun in his waistband, witnesses told police. He then allegedly pulled it out and pointed the weapon at the host, who was celebrating her 20th birthday, and another guest.
Officer Ean Smith and other officers responded, detained Ruis in his second-floor apartment and, after a search, recovered a handgun in his bedroom. It was later determined to be a BB gun.
He was charged with threatening with a firearm and held on $1,000 bond.
Stratford man reports gun stolen from car
A Stratford man told police his loaded handgun was stolen from his car Sunday, Jan. 13.
The 22-year-old came to police headquarters and stated he went to his visit his girlfriend and their child on Pleasantview Avenue. He said he left his vehicle unlocked and when he returned five minutes later found his black sports bag missing from the passenger side floor.
The bag contained his .380-caliber handgun, clothing and cash, he said.
Cab driver robbed, assaulted
A Yellow Cab driver was robbed after being dispatched to the P.T. Barnum housing complex early Sunday, Jan. 13.
The victim told Officer Jeff Holtz that he was sent to the location to pick up three female fares, but was surrounded by a group of males when he pulled up.
One punched him in the face while another opened the passenger door and stole a bag containing cash and his GPS unit.
Police checked the area, but did not locate the suspects.
Teen arrested for gun possession
Police arrested an 18-year-old on gun charges after detaining three people loitering on Birmingham Ave.
Officer Jonathan Duharte spotted the trio outside 502 Birmingham Ave., at about 3:43 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12. When they observed him, one started walking in the opposite direction quickly.
He detained them, but the group initially did not obey his commands to take their hands out of their pockets.
Police checked all three for weapons. Before searching the 18-year-old, Duharte asked if the teen had anything he should be aware of.
The teen, identified as Isaac McGee of Pennsylvania Avenue put his head on the hood of the cruiser and said, “you got me officer.” He then admitted he had a handgun in his pocket. He also stated he had fired a shot into the air prior to police arriving.
Police recovered a .22-caliber revolver. McGee was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, altering the serial number on a handgun, unlawful discharge, interfering with police and risk of injury to a minor. His bond was set at $50,000.
The two juveniles who were with him were driven home to their parents and not charged.