Do you have any weapons on you? the officers asked.
Nah, the man replied. Just a lighter.
The man was nervous as he spoke. And that “lighter” turned out to be a ViperTek stun gun.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman.
Officers David Diaz and Carlos Conceicao were patrolling Chapel and Orchard streets at 4:43 p.m. Monday when they noticed a “familiar face” emerge from behind an apartment building with a “no trespassing” order. The familiar faced belonged to a 34-year-old man who doesn’t live at the complex. The officers stopped him.
The man “reached into his pockets” when the officers questioned him. They asked what was inside. The man “either lied or had forgotten that at some point he’d replaced the flashlight” with the pink stun-gun. “Either way,” police charted him with third-degree trespassing and with carrying a dangerous weapon.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
• Parents brought their 4-month-old daughter to Yale-New Haven Hospital’s pediatric emergency department with burns to her face, chest and hand Monday morning. She eventually was transferred to Boston’s Shriner’s Hospital. Police investigating the incident “believe this was an accident in which the baby had contact with a baseboard heater. “
• Up to five teenagers, suspected gang-members, kept a look-out outside the Deli Haven market on George Street around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, while another man in a black face mask and a navy “Bulldogs” jacket mask walked in, went behind the counter and held a gun to the back of the 52-year-old clerk. He ordered the clerk to the floor, then “took cash from the register and packages of cigarettes from the rack. He searched the victim’s pockets, but came up empty. The men fled from the market with about a hundred dollars.” Cops are examining surveillance footage as they investigate the case.
• A drunk driver crashed his truck into a police prisoner van on Howard Avenue near Congress around 8 p.m. Sunday. Police found 37 empty beer cans in the truck. The damage to the van was minor (a broken side-view mirror); neither the officer nor the prisoner inside was injured.