Meriden police: Man charged with weapon violations tried to flee from officers

Meriden police: Man charged with weapon violations tried to flee from officers

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MERIDEN — A man faces charges after police said he attempted to flee Tuesday as officers were taking him into custody on a 2016 warrant for gun possession. 

Christopher Rogers, 31, of 1568 Meriden Rd., Waterbury, was charged Tuesday with assault on personnel, interfering with police and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana. He was also charged on a 2016 warrant with criminal possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, and possession of marijuana. 

On Oct. 15, 2016, police responded to the area of Foster and Colony streets for a report of a man with a handgun in his waistband. The suspect, identified as Rogers, was seen putting the gun into a red Honda Accord, then going into El Condado Bar and Grill at 105 Colony St., according to a police report.  Police located the car and noticed a black revolver with a brown handle sticking out from the front passenger seat. 

Officers determined the car was unregistered and towed it to the police station. When Rogers came out of the restaurant, police took him into custody on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction, the report said.

Police searched the car and found a .22 caliber revolver with six rounds of ammunition, numerous plastic baggies with crack cocaine, 15 wax folds with heroin, and 2.3 grams of marijuana, the report said. Police took swabs of the gun and the interior of the vehicle. The state laboratory found traces of Rogers’ DNA on the gun and in the car, the report said.

On Tuesday police went to Rogers’ home in Waterbury to serve the warrant for the weapons charges. Police saw Rogers walking to a car and approached. Rogers threw a baggie containing marijuana to the ground and began flailing his arms at officers, the report said. After he was placed in handcuffs, Rogers reportedly began running toward a wooded area and was apprehended.

Rogers was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. According to statements in court, Rogers has previous convictions including interfering with police, larceny and sale of controlled substance. The judge set bond at a total of $185,000 and continued the case to Sept. 5.

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