Cops Seize 18 Bags Of Weed
by Staff | Sep 18, 2012 2:48 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
When Officer Bruce Bonner pulled over an unregistered Ford Taurus for the second time in two days, he didn’t just hand out a ticket. He recovered a “Taurus” gun and 18 bags of weed.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
At noon on Friday, Officer Bonner spotted a Taurus on Shelton Avenue in Newhallville. He knew it was unregistered, having ticketed it for that reason Thursday on Hazel Street. He pulled the car over and asked the driver for his license and registration.
The driver “went through the motions of searching for the nonexistent registration,” Hartman said. “At one point he reached beneath the driver’s seat and was ordered from the car as a result. He was detained in the patrol car. When officers went back to his car, they saw what he was reaching for—a silver Taurus .45-caliber M410 handgun which had been stolen from Connecticut Firearms & Tactical (501 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT) in 2011.”
Police also found 18 bags of weed on the floor of the passenger side of the car. They arrested the 40-year-old man on gun, drug, and motor vehicle charges.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
Robbery: Police responded to a report of a robbery at Crown and Temple streets downtown on Sunday at 9:41 p.m. A man had been assaulted by a teenage boy and girl, witnesses told cops. The two attackers “punched and kicked the victim to the ground before stealing his wallet.”
Moments later, Yale cops responded to a burglary complaint at a dormitory at High and Wall streets. They found two people who matched the description of the assailants in the Crown and Temple mugging. Witnesses ID’d one of them, a 20-year-old woman. Police arrested her on robbery and larceny charges.
“Cano” Stabbed: At 10 p.m. on Sunday, police responded to Yale-New Haven Hospital to investigate a stabbing. A 23-year-old man told cops he had been walking to a pizzeria on Grand Avenue near James Street in Fair Haven when four men confronted him. One addressed him by his nickname, saying, “Give me your money, Cano,” he told cops. When he refused, one of the men stabbed him.
Officers Louis Decrescenzo and Martin Feliciano searched the area for clues and suspects, and found a few witnesses. Two were relatives of the victim and told cops they had seen the attack and chased off the attackers. Officer Ryan Macuirzynzki spotted the attackers on Market Street and stopped them.
When he asked them if they knew why they were being stopped, one of them told him, “Because of what happened over there.”
A witness identified a 20-year-old man and a male juvenile as the ones who had stabbed Cano. Cops found a bloody knife in the juvenile’s pocket. The two were arrested on a variety of charges including assault, attempted robbery, and carrying a dangerous weapon.
Nose Takes Fire: At 6:45 p.m. on Monday, police responded to a report of gunfire between the occupants of a gray Toyota and a man on a dirt bike, on Dixwell Avenue near Henry Street.
Two witnesses told cops that someone in the Toyota shot at the dirt biker, who ran behind a parked car for cover. He then tried to get into a passing car.
Another car was hit by gunfire to the windshield. The driver was struck on the nose by either a piece of the windshield of part of a bullet. The injury was minor.
Police recovered the dirt bike at the scene but were not immediately able to identify either the gunman or the dirt biker.
Mother & Child Struck: At 9:23 a.m. Tuesday, a woman and her six-year-old boy were struck by a car in front of 250 Temple St. The boy had run into the road, the mother had run after him, and both were hit by the car, which was traveling slowly. The driver was not at fault. “Both mother and child were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where the mother was being treated for a non-evident injury,” Hartman said. The child was uninjured.
For block-by-block year-to-date crime info, and daily crime maps, check the Independent’s crime log. (July and August stats are up.)