A man from Hartford accused of shooting his girlfriend's car with a stolen shotgun over the weekend in the city's north end was arraigned Monday.
Police said Jose Torres, 39, was arguing with his girlfriend at their apartment complex on Main Street before the shooting Saturday morning.
According to authorities, the girlfriend and her two children were inside the home when Torres shot about six shots from a stolen 12-gauge shotgun at her red Nissan.
No one was injured during the incident.
Police caught up with Torres, whose girlfriend told police was drunk during the incident, at his brother's house on Wilbur Street. Investigators say he was sleeping behind the wheel. When officers called him on his cell, he surrendered to police.
Torres, who has a long criminal history including charges related to firearms, engaging police in pursuit, second-degree bribery and second-degree forgery, was arraigned at Hartford Superior Court Monday. Following his court appearance, he was ordered to stay away from his girlfriend.
"You must stay out of the house on Main Street and have no contact with her again," the judge said in court.
Torres also has a federal case conviction for possession with intent to distribute heroin in Puerto Rico.
Cops said Torres somehow managed to vandalize an interview room by kicking the plumbing under a bathroom sink and breaking both sheet rock and a paper towel dispenser. Then, officers said he stuck wet paper towels to block security cameras.
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