Hartford police take in man with 68 prior arrests during gun ‘hot spot’ patrol

Brian Perry arrest, Hartford Sept. 15, 2016. (Photo): Hartford Police Department.
Brian Perry arrest, Hartford Sept. 15, 2016. (Photo): Hartford Police Department.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An East Hartford man with 68 prior arrests was taken into custody Thursday in Hartford after police caught him with a loaded gun determined to be stolen.

Hartford police officers were on patrol at 9:30 p.m.conducting a ‘hot spot’ detail due to recent increase in firearm related incidents inside the North District of the city. A group of individuals in front of 10 Marshall St were spotted by police surveilling the area and began to disperse when officers approached. One man showed signs of being in possession of a gun while adjusting the front of his waistband, police say. That man was detained as he entered a parked vehicle. Police found a fully loaded .357 Magnum Ruger GP100 from his waistline, which was later determined to have been stolen in Hartford in 1992. Police recovered the Ruger.

Police say the male was Brian Perry, a multi-convicted felon with an extensive firearm arrest history with the Hartford Police Department. STF was notified, Perry was debriefed and was transported to Hartford Police Booking Facility. His charges are carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. His bond is set at $400,000.

Numerous complaints have been received from citizens on Marshall Street concerning illegal activity,  as well as ShotSpotter activations in the area, according to police.

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