Erratic Driving Complaint Leads to Arrest of Convicted Felon With Concealed Rifle: Police

A police officer who was investigating an erratic driving complaint in Hartford on Wednesday found a convicted felon with a rifle concealed under a jacket, according to police.

A police officer was checking the area around Martin and Judson Street after receiving a report of an erratic driver and saw a car matching the description given as it was backing into a parking spot in the back lot of 131 Martin Street, police said.

A man, identified as Kevin Barco, 29, of Hartford, was in the car. Police said he is a convicted felon with an active arrest warrant, so they placed him under arrest.

The officer who was conducting the pat down found a .22 caliber rifle slung around Barco’s neck and concealed under a heavy jack, police said. The rifle had been modified with the stock removed.

The officer took the firearm and apprehended Barco, who is on probation for a first-degree robbery. He was arrested on the outstanding warrant for failure to appear, as well as criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of ammunition and weapons in a motor vehicle.

Geneveive Gallo, 25, of East Hartford, was also in the car and the second officer who responded to the scene asked her to get out of the car. As she did, a small bag of crack cocaine fell from her clothing, police said. She was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics

Police said they seized an ISSC .22 Caliber sporting rifle with 10 live .22 caliber ammunition rounds and one plastic bag of cocaine.

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