A Hartford man was arrested after police said he stole a horse and rode it around the north end on Monday night.
Officers were called to a report of “a man wearing a black cowboy hat, riding a horse” the area of Martin, Capen and Garden streets around 8:30 p.m.
Upon arrival, police said they spotted 31-year-old Anthony Gonzalez riding a horse and “causing traffic problems.” Drivers told police that the horse was “nearly struck by vehicles.”
Police tracked the horse back to the stables in the 300 block of Vine Street and located Gonzalez walking a horse named Handsome. Police said Handsome still had a saddle on and Gonzalez matched the suspect description.
Police said the horse, which was secured in the stables, did not appear to be injured during the incident.
Gonzalez “appeared disorientated and admitted to riding the horse in the Martin Street area,” police said.
Police determined that Gonzalez was employed as a stable manager. Police said the owner of the stables was notified about the incident.
Gonzalez, who has several convictions, was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to have lights while driving an animal and riding animals on highway. He was given a promise to appear a Hartford Superior Court.
Gonzalez has a long and violent criminal history.
Tonight at 6! A man arrested after taking a horse on a joyride through the streets of Hartford. pic.twitter.com/Lp8cWtQ1qP— Patricia Del Rio (@patriciadelrio) May 3, 2016
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