New Britain Man Hides in Stranger's Cabinet to Avoid Arrest: Cops

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    Police have responded to Oak and North streets in New Britain and streets are blocked off.

    A New Britain man is facing charges after running from officers who tried to arrest him for weapons violations, then barging into an unknown apartment on North Street in New Britain and hiding in a cabinet there, police said.

    According to police, officers arrived at an apartment at 238 North Street in New Britain around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to arrest 21-year-old Jose Maldonado, of High Street in New Britain. Maldonado was wanted for criminal possession of a firearm stemming from a search executed Friday.

    On Friday, officers saw Maldonado running from a neighboring apartment, which turned out to contain body armor, three handguns, more than 42 grams of crack cocaine, 76 packets of what appeared to be heroin, drug paraphernalia and ammunition.

    Police returned to the apartment complex today to serve an arrest warrant and said Maldonado ran to avoid being caught. Police locked down the area and called in a SWAT team. North and Oak streets were blocked off during the incident.

    Maldonado was later found hiding in a cabinet in a fourth-floor apartment at 238 North Street. Police said Maldonado had barged into the apartment, where children were present, and that the residents fled.

    He’s charged with second-degree burglary, interfering with police and two counts of risk of injury to a minor in connection with the events of this morning.

    Maldonado is also charged with three counts of criminal possession of a firearm and several narcotics violations stemming from the arrest warrant issued Friday.

    He’s being held on a $650,000 bond and is due in court Wednesday.

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