Police evacuate building to arrest suspect on weapons charges - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Police evacuate building to arrest suspect on weapons charges

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The following photo of Jose Maldonado was provided by the New Britain Police Department. The following photo of Jose Maldonado was provided by the New Britain Police Department.
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A school in New Britain was placed on lockdown while officers executed a warrant at a nearby building Tuesday morning.

Investigators executed a warrant for 20-year-old Jose Maldonado at 238 Oak St. at about 11 a.m. 

About a dozen people inside the building were evacuated and police secured the perimeter.  Sacred Heart School in the area of Orange and Gold streets was also placed on lockdown because of Maldonado's history with firearms. 

When officers entered the building, Maldonado was found hiding in a "cabinet in a fourth floor apartment," police said. Police said Maldonado had "barged" into the apartment where there were children present.

The residents were allowed to stay warm in a fire department van for about 30 minutes while police searched for Maldonado.  The lockdown at Sacred Heart School was lifted at about 11:30 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

Maldonado was arrested. He was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a firearm as well as one count of possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a prohibited place, second-degree burglary, interfering with police and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

According to police, officers tried to arrest Maldonado on Friday; however, he was able to flee the scene. In the suspect's apartment, officers seized body armor, three handguns, 42.7 grams of crack cocaine and 76 packets of suspected heroin.

Maldonado is being held on $650,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned at New Britain Superior Court on Wednesday.

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