Police: man fired gun in Hartford dispute

Ruben Reyes (Police photo)
Ruben Reyes (Police photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A man who police say pistol-whipped another man and shot at the ground outside of a Hartford grocery store June 9 has been arrested.

After the first incident, he returned to the grocery store and made threats while brandishing the gun, police said. He was arrested July 24.

Ruben Reyes, 28, of Hartford, is charged with second-degree assault with a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of the peace.

“On June 9, 2014, Hartford Police patrol officers and Shooting Task Force units responded to 1048 Capitol Ave. for an assault with a firearm and a shot fired. On arrival officers located a crime scene consisting of blood in front of the Villa Brava Grocery,” police said. “Closed circuit video showed a Hispanic male suspect confront another unidentified male apparently conducting a street-level drug transaction.”

“The Hispanic male suspect is observed removing a firearm from his waistband and pistol whips the unidentified male in the face. The Hispanic male suspect then fires one shot towards the victim’s feet and motions the victim to leave the area,” police said.

On July 18, Reyes returned to the store and threatened workers there while brandishing a firearm, police said.

After his arrest on July 24, he was held on $250,000 bond for a court appearance.

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