Seat Belt Unbuckled—& Crack, Heroin Bags Found

A 29-year-old man from the Heights got in a lot of trouble for not wearing a seat belt.

The cops stopped him around 5:20 p.m. Saturday when they noticed he was circling the Global Gas station on Quinnipiac Avenue without buckling up. So they stopped him—and found “126 bags of heroin, 36 bags of crack cocaine and $1,304.00 in cash,” according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman. The man “was arrested and charged with four drug possession crimes and failing to wear his seat safety-belt.”

Car-Jacking Prevented:
Cops got an illegal gun off the street and stopped a car-jacking just in time in Fair Haven Saturday night, according to Officer Hartman.

Here’s what he said happened:

“At about 8 p.m., Officers Louis DeCrescenzo and Ryan Marcuirzynski were walking their beat in the area of Atwater and English Streets. They spotted a group of men in front of 163-165 English Street. When the men spotted them, they vanished from sight. Parked nearby, was a car the officers recognized as belonging to a man recently arrested for possessing a gun and trying to elude capture.

“As they approached the car, they saw it was occupied by a woman in the driver’s seat and a man in the passenger’s seat. The man hadn’t yet seen the officers approaching and was holding a handgun in his lap.

“The officers drew their weapons and gave orders to the armed man to drop the gun and open the door. He ignored those orders.

“As the woman remained still, the man reached over toward the car’s ignition. Officer DeCrescenzo smashed out the passenger window. The man dove over the woman, made it through the driver’s door and took off running into a snow-covered field between Peck and English Streets.

“The officers chased after him.

“The armed man gained speed as he made it to the pavement on Atwater Street. He ran toward a car with its engine running. The car was occupied. The gunman opened the rear door, surprising those inside.

“Fearing the perpetrator was about to commit a car-jacking, Officer DeCrescenzo deployed his Taser, striking [the man, who’s 21. As he] was immobilized by the Taser, the car’s operator escaped.

“The Taser’s effect lasted five seconds, after which [the man] decided to fight the officers. He was Tasered a second time and decided to comply from then on.

“Officer Michael DeFonzo recovered [the] gun, a loaded and chambered Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun. From [the man], the officers retrieved 14 bags of Crack cocaine, 6 bags of heroin, a bag of marijuana and his cell phone.

“[The man] was charged with four drug possession crimes, three gun crimes including criminal possession of a firearm and interfering with police.”

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posted by: JohnTulin on February 20, 2013  1:38pm

I’m sure this has been asked before - but why no names?  I had a friend arrested for a DUI and his name was all over multiple papers - and he payed the price legally, socially, and professionally because of it (which he should have).  What’s the policy?

[Editor’s Note: In general we do not publish the names of people arrested unless we have their side of the story, or if they’ve admitted guilty, or if they’re found guilty. We do publish the names of public figures who get arrested if it’s relevant.]