MERIDEN —Three men were taken into custody following an attempted motor vehicle stop on Friday.
Around 6 p.m. police tried to stop a vehicle on South Colony Street when the driver drove off in a reckless manner, Sgt. Michael Boothroyd said in a statement.
Officers eventually found the vehicle at the Tracy Gardens apartment complex, 1051 Old Colony Road. Two men fled on food and one threw a fannypack and a sweatshirt as he was running. Police found both items and discovered a firearm in each, Boothroyd said.
Police arrested Raekwon Cruz, 24, of 169 Bunker Ave., Devonte Reynolds, 23, of 110 Maple St.,and Jorge Carmona, 24.
Reynolds was found on Hanover Avenue. Cruz was found over the town line in Wallingford. Carmona remained in the vehicle, Boothroyd said.
Cruz and Reynolds were both charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, weapons in a motor vehicle and interfering with police. Cruz was also charged with criminal possession of ammunition, engaging police in pursuit and reckless driving. Reynolds was also charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of a high capacity magazine, theft of a firearm, third-degree assault on the elderly and breach of peace.
Carmona, 24, was taken into custody on outstanding warrants out of Berlin for firearm related charges. He was transferred to the Berlin police department.
Bond was set at $500,000 for Cruz and $350,000 for Reynolds. Their court date information was not immediately available.