A convicted felon from Waterbury is facing charges in New Haven after he was found trespassing at an apartment complex with a semi-automatic handgun in his pocket, according to New Haven police.
Jose Peralta, 31, was arrested Monday night after officers responded to an apartment on the 200 block of Day Street to investigate loud music coming from the complex. There they found a big group of people in a back parking lot, of which Peralta was one, police said.
According to police, the property has had ongoing issues with trespassing, so officers approached the group to investigate. As they approached, Peralta and another man slipped away and headed toward Kensington Street.
Officers stopped Peralta in a backyard on Kensington. Police said Peralta had his hand in his pocket and refused to take it out when officers asked him to put his hands up, so they tackled and handcuffed him.
A .380-caliber Ruger LPC semiautomatic handgun fell out of his pocket during the incident, police said.
Peralta was arrested and charged criminal possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, interfering with police and third-degree criminal trespass.
Online court records show Peralta has been previously convicted on weapons charges.
The other man who left the crowd, a 20-year-old New Haven man who has not been publicly identified, was charged with third-degree criminal trespass.