New Haven Police Arrest 2 on Gun Charges

Two men were arrested after New Haven police spotted a loaded handgun in a car, according to New Haven police.

Police said they responded around 2:40 a.m. to the Regal Inn at 1605 Whalley Avenue Wednesday on a report of a suspicious car circling the motel parking lot. The caller reported that one of the men in the car had a gun.

According to police, they found a silver Honda Accord parked in front of a room at the motel. Officers approached the driver, later identified as Martez Johnson, who told police he did not have a license, registration, or insurance for the vehicle. When the driver refused to exit the vehicle, officers removed him. Police said Johnson had been reaching for a loaded handgun under the car seat.

A second suspect, identified as Marquise Rumley, was arrested when he exited the motel room and said he had just gotten out of the car.

Johnson was charged with interfering with police, weapon in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a firearm, and six motor vehicle violations. Rumley was charged with weapon in a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a firearm. Both men are convicted felons, police said.

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