Man arrested in connection with police pursuit in Hartford

HARTFORD — A man is in police custody after causing a brief police pursuit Saturday.

Police said that they were notified that Jose Rivera-Cruz, who was out on bond after a recent arrest for drug and weapons charges, was in the area of Bond Street and armed with a gun. About 5 p.m., police attempted to pull over a car with multiple violations that he was driving, but Rivera-Cruz fled from them.

A brief car and foot chase ensued, ending in the area of 250 Columbus Boulevard. Rivera-Cruz had a handgun on him when he was arrested.

Evidence reovered during Cruz-Rivera’s arrest on Oct. 31st.

Police have now charged him with Reckless Driving, Engaging Police in Pursuit, Evading Responsibility, Criminal Possession of a Pistol, Carrying a Pistol Without a Permit, and other weapons and motor vehicle charges.  He is being held on $1.2 million bond.

Rivera-Cruz was arrested on Halloween evening on Bond Street while he had a Colt M-15 rifle, a stolen 9mm Glock handgun, 366 bags of heroin/fentanyl, six grams of crack cocaine,  four suboxone films and 37 rounds of live ammunition. He posted bond for that incident.