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Patrol of Hartford gun 'hot spot' leads to arrest of man with 68 prior arrests

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Brian Perry. (Hartford police photo) Brian Perry. (Hartford police photo)
Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum Revolver. (Hartford police photo) Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum Revolver. (Hartford police photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A patrol being conducted in what Hartford police called a "hot spot" for gun activity led to the arrest of a convicted felon on Thursday night.

Police said they arrested Brian Perry, 47, of East Hartford, after conducting surveillance on Marshall Street.

They said they were looking into shotspotter system activation reports and complaints from neighbors about criminal activity in the area.

Officers were keeping an eye on a group of people in the area of 10 Marshall St.

As they approached the group, it quickly dispersed.

They said one man looked like he was carrying a gun by the way he kept adjusting his waistband.

Officers detained him as he entered a vehicle.

They patted him down and found a fully loaded .357 Magnum Ruger GP100 in his waistline, police said.

Investigators later determined that the gun had been stolen from Hartford in 1992.

The man, whom they identified as Perry, was also found to be a convicted felon with a long firearm history. Police said he was arrested 68 times in Hartford.

Perry was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

His bond was set at $400,000.

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