NEW HAVEN POLICE MAKING NEW HAVEN SAFER
(1/26/2009) Significant Arrests, Firearms Seizures Accomplished Over Three Day Period
NEW HAVEN- During a three day period spanning from January 23-25, New Haven Police seized several guns and made arrests in neighborhoods that have recently experience repeated episodes of violent crime. The following are four amongst numerous incidents that were successfully responded to by New Haven Police.
On Sunday afternoon, officers responded to a residence on Ward Street on a domestic complaint where a female victim and a baby were in danger in the rear of their home. The male subject, armed with a knife and intoxicated, was attempting to access to the woman’s bedroom. Officers arrived and arrested 38-year-old Antonio Mendoza for threatening in the 2nd degree, carrying a dangerous weapon, breach of peace in the 2nd degree, risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree.
On Saturday morning, shortly before 11am, responded to the area of Chapel and Orchard Streets on a complaint of possible narcotics sales taking place out of a vehicle at that location. Officers arrived on the scene and detained the driver, 33-year-old Ralph Fontanez and seized a sawed-off, loaded shotgun he had in the vehicle. Fontanez was charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Late Friday evening, officers responded to the sound of gunfire in the Jose Marti Court area of the Church Street South Housing Complex. Officers approached 28-year-old Edward Garcia who was seen attempting to quickly leave the area where the gunshot sounds came from. Mr. Garcia failed to comply with multiple requests from officers to stop walking and remove his hands from his jacket pockets. Fearing for his safety, an officer unholstered his department issued firearm directing it toward Garcia and requiring that he obey police orders. When Garcia finally complied, officers searched the subject and recovered a handgun, a firearm magazine and ammunition. Garcia was arrested for unlawful discharge and interfering with police officers.
Also on Friday, officers were patrolling the area of Shephard Street toward Huntington Street where gunfire had been confirmed a day earlier. Officers observed four suspicious individuals in a store located at 453 Huntington Street. Officers interviewed the four subjects who attempted to exit the store when officers arrived. Officers examined the area where the group was standing and found a loaded revolver. The firearm was found to have been stolen during a burglary in Bethany. Officers recovered the firearm and expect arrests to be forthcoming.
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