MERIDEN — The arrest warrants for two men facing charges after an incident at an apartment complex in December show that police found three firearms and two pounds of marijuana.
Ryan Ortiz, 23, of 50 E 104th St., New York, New York and Jose Ortiz, 49, of 9 Randolph Ave., 2nd Floor, were both charged Sunday with operating a drug factory, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a sawed off shotgun. Jose Ortiz was also charged with criminal possession of a firearm and criminal possession of ammunition.
The incident began on Dec. 26 around 7:15 p.m. when police responded to The Flats apartments, 390 Bee St., after receiving several reports of gunshots. Police noticed several rounds were fired into a sliding glass door of an apartment in Building 8 and found three 9 mm shell casings and one .380 caliber shell casing, according to an arrest warrant. Police also seized a sawed off shotgun, two pounds of marijuana, $3,735 in cash and Ryan Ortiz’s identification in the apartment.
Police noticed a suspect, later identified as Jose Ortiz, running behind the apartment complex. Police tracked his footprints to a different apartment complex nearby, finding a handgun on the ground and a backpack with another handgun and 30 rounds of ammunition, the warrant said.
Later, Jse Ortiz told police he was running because he heard gunshots. He also said he was dropped off at The Flats after receiving a text message that “something had happened” at Ryan Ortiz’s apartment, the warrant said.
A clerk at the Extended Stay hotel behind The Flats told police that right after the incident on Dec. 26 Ryan Ortiz and another man tried to rent a room in the hotel, but were turned away. The clerk said the other man was bleeding from his arm, the warrant said.
Police learned the lease for the apartment was under another man’s name and spoke with him. He said he leased the apartment in his name for Jose Ortiz as a favor last year and never heard from him again, the warrant said.
Jose Ortiz was released after posting $350,000 bond and Ryan Ortiz was released after posting $250,000 bond.
Both men are scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Feb. 20.