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Police arrest three from Manchester on weapon, drug charges

August 24. 2018 9:10AM

Alfredo James, left; Jose Polanco-Diaz, right; and an unidentified juvenile were arrested Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Manchester. (Manchester Police Department)

MANCHESTER — Local police made three arrests for felony gun and drug charges after an anonymous report came in to Manchester police about someone Thursday afternoon carrying what looked like an automatic submachine gun at the Adam Curtis Skateboard Park on Maple Street.

Several witnesses told police they saw someone waving a gun around that made them uncomfortable. The anonymous report had come in at 3:20 p.m. Thursday.

Officers located two suspects leaving the park and crossing Beech Street heading towards Beech Street School.

One of them, Alfredo James, 23, of Manchester, then took his backpack off and handed it to a male juvenile who rode off on a bicycle, police officials said.

Both were taken into custody a short time later.

An investigation uncovered quantities of alprazolam, an anti-anxiety medication, crack cocaine, heroin or fentanyl and two firearms, one that was reported stolen in Manchester, officials said.

The two guns taken were a Ruger .9mm pistol and an AA Arms Tec-9 style pistol with an extended magazine, officials said.

James was charged with reckless conduct and falsifying physical evidence.

The unidentified juvenile was charged with receiving stolen property, two counts of possession with intent to distribute drugs, resisting arrest and felonious use of a firearm.

While Manchester officers were making the arrest, a crowd gathered and a third person, Jose Polanco-Diaz, 22, of Manchester, tried to interfere with the arrests and he was charged with disorderly conduct, officials said.

The three will soon be arraigned in local courts on the offenses.

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