Man Arrested on Gun Charges Twice Within 3 Weeks in Hartford: Police

Hartford Police have arrested a man for the second time in three weeks after he was found illegally carrying a gun on Saturday.

Police said they learned that Jose Rivera-Cruz was near Bond Street, armed with a gun shortly before 5 p.m. When officers tried to initiate a motor vehicle stop for motor vehicle violations, police said Rivera-Cruz engaged them in a short vehicle and foot pursuit that ended on Columbus Boulevard.

Rivera-Cruz was found in possession of a RAC .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun at the time of his arrest, according to police.

He was arrested and is facing multiple charges including reckless driving, evading responsibility, criminal mischief, misuse of plates, criminal trespass, interfering with police, weapons in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a pistol/revolver, carrying pistol without permit and engaging police in pursuit.

Rivera-Cruz was held on a $1.2 million bond.

Officers said Rivera-Cruz was also arrested on Bond Street less than three weeks ago. Police said he was found in possession of a Colt M-15 rifle, a stolen 9mm Glock handgun, 366 bags of heroin/fentanyl, 6 grams of crack cocaine, 4 suboxone films and 37 rounds of live ammunition. He had been released on bond.

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