Meriden detectives charged a New Britain man after police said he fled from officers and was found with guns, ammunition and drugs.
Angel Cruz, 26, of 566 East St., New Britain, was charged Wednesday with criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of ammunition, weapons in a motor vehicle, altering or removing identification marks on a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, operating a drug factory, interfering with an officer and violation of a protective order.
He was also charged on warrants with multiple counts of failure to appear in court, risk of injury to a minor, second-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with police, reckless driving, threatening and first-degree reckless endangerment.
When Meriden police approached a vehicle Cruz was in on Aug. 7 on Willow Street in Meriden, Cruz ran at an officer’s vehicle, pointing a handgun at police, according to his arrest warrant. Cruz fled before he could be taken into custody at that time.
In September, Cruz drove the wrong way on South Grove Street to avoid police, the warrant said.
On Oct. 4 Cruz failed to appear in court for three pending cases. On Oct. 26, bail enforcement agents went to 60 Hanover St. with the intent of apprehending Cruz, the warrant said. The agents saw Cruz holding his one-year-old child. When Cruz saw the agents, he threw his child to the ground and fled, the warrant said.
On Wednesday when New Britain and Meriden police approached a vehicle Cruz was in he fled on foot, throwing a handgun during the chase, police said. He was eventually taken into custody after a brief struggle. The gun turned out to be a Ruger LCP with its serial number scratched off, police said.
Police searched Cruz’s fanny pack, finding about 4 grams of crack cocaine, a can of pepper spray and a digital scale. Police obtained permission to search an apartment where Cruz is known to stay, finding a .25 caliber Raven Arms handgun, about 80 rounds of ammunition, another magazine for the Rugar handgun, about 2.7 grams of crack cocaine and a folding knife, police said.
Cruz was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. According to statements in court, Cruz has previous convictions for charges including first-degree robbery, interfering with police, driving under the influence, and possession with intent to sell. The judge set bond at a total of $922,000 and continued the cases to Dec. 3.