WALLINGFORD — The man often seen holding a cardboard sign and collecting donations on the Route 5 median next to Sonic has a recent criminal history and in 2006 was convicted of felony robbery.
He also owns a car and has a listed address at a two-story home in Milford, according to Milford police.
In July, the man identified himself to the Record-Journal as Jack Dalton. Asked to elaborate on his situation, Dalton said he lived in the woods and needed money to eat. Dalton said he takes the bus from New Haven to Wallingford almost daily to collect donations.
Dalton’s full name is John J. Dalton, according to an arrest warrant obtained from Milford police earlier this week. Dalton was born in March 1952.
In 2006, Dalton was convicted of second-degree robbery and sentenced to four years in prison, according to court records. The robbery took place in New Haven.
More recently, Dalton was arrested on Jan. 15 and charged with second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and evading responsibility, according to an arrest warrant issued by Milford police in December 2013.
According to the warrant, on June 30, 2013, Dalton was driving his black Ford SUV and using the drive-through ATM at Chase Bank in Milford to check his account balance. While doing so, a woman pulled behind Dalton to wait for the ATM. Police say Dalton leaned out of his window and, using obscenities, screamed at the woman to back away.
Dalton continued screaming and threatening her while he used the ATM and backed his vehicle in her direction before pulling away, according to the warrant. When the woman began using the ATM, Dalton pulled up behind her, revved his engine and tapped her vehicle.
Surveillance video identified the bank card used by Dalton. The card was used to trace his name and address to 321 Roses Mill Road in Milford.
Dalton was released from police custody on a promise to appear in court. A plea hasn’t been entered in the case.
Milford police issued a re-arrest order on July 22, according to court records.
In a separate incident, Dalton was arrested in October 2013 after police say he swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic on Roses Mill Road in Milford, struck a car and drove away. Police found evidence that the vehicle causing the accident, a black Ford SUV, was damaged. Police eventually found the damaged car in the driveway where Dalton lives, at 321 Roses Mill Road.
Dalton was released after he posted $500 bail. He pleaded not guilty to charges of evading responsibility, driving uninsured and driving with a suspended license.
Milford police issued Dalton an infraction in May for failing to return his suspended license and registration.
Additionally, he was charged with improper use of highway by a pedestrian. Dalton has a court date in Milford on Sept. 3.