Manhunt ends in Meriden

Manhunt ends in Meriden


MERIDEN — A Manchester man faces several charges in connection with drug sales and a weapons cache kept at a local hotel.

Daniel Oslander, 26, of 424 W. Middle Turnpike, was arrested Thursday on charges that include unlawful discharge of a firearm, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment, assault, unlawful restraint, evading, engaging police in pursuit, criminal possession of a firearm, threatening and possession of narcotics.

According to police reports, officers were tipped off by an informant that Oslander was keeping a cache of weapons at the Red Carpet Inn on the Berlin Turnpike, along with narcotics. The information coincided with police investigating “several drive by style shootings,” and the informant said individuals selling drugs would take a weapon from the hotel room and return it when they were done on the “honor system,” the report said.

Wallingford officers also conducted undercover drug transactions with Oslander during September and October, the warrant said.

Meriden police noted that over a period of weeks since September, officers have attempted to arrest Oslander, but he engaged police in “very dangerous high speed pursuits” including an incident where Oslander rammed into a police cruiser and fled the scene, the report said. Police tried to locate the weapons several times but were informed that Oslander had recently moved them elsewhere, the report said.

In another case, Oslander got into a fight with his former girlfriend, threatened her, assaulted her and fired a gun, the report said. Police found out that Oslander had moved into his new girlfriend’s home in Manchester, and was living with her and her mother. Oslander’s girlfriend, Phillisha Garcia, and Garcia’s mother Nelba Diaz were both arrested by police and charged with risk of injury to a minor, hindering prosecution and criminal liability possession of narcotics.

The informant told police Oslander carried a handgun in his waistband at all times, the report said. Police noted in the report that “it is clear from investigations (Oslander) is an extreme threat to the public and he only continues to become more dangerous” and said his crimes are escalating and becoming more violent.

Police tracked Oslander’s cellphone and found him in Meriden Wednesday. A pursuit began, and Oslander slammed his vehicle into a police cruiser, the report said. When he was taken into custody, Oslander had a loaded handgun with three missing rounds, the report said. Oslander was also found to be storing a large military-style shotgun, a rifle with a “cut-off handle” and several handguns, the report said.

When police searched the home, they found cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Officers also reported a very strong smell of marijuana in the home and it was affecting the 14-year-old child living there.

Oslander, Garcia and Diaz were all arraigned at Meriden Superior Court Friday. Garcia was released after posting $75,000 bond. Diaz was released after posting $25,000 bond. Both women are due back in court Dec. 19.

Oslander was held on a total of $635,500 bail for the various cases. Three cases were transferred to different jurisdictions. The nine cases remaining in Meriden Superior Court were continued to Dec. 20. According to statements in court, the state attorney’s office considers Oslander a serious threat to the safety of the community. Judge Philip Scarpellino said he was concerned about what Oslander “may or may not do.”

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