A New Britain man allegedly found with a stolen gun in the city in September has also been arrested by Plymouth police.
Gabriel Cochran, 18, of 195 Maple St., was allegedly seen by Plymouth police in August waving a firearm outside a car window while he was fleeing from officers, according to police reports.
Plymouth police have charged the teen with first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer/resisting and reckless driving. According to judicial records, he was arraigned last week in New Britain Superior Court on these charges. He has pleaded not guilty.
Cochran was first arrested by New Britain police in their city after he was found hiding behind a trash can, underneath a wooden stair well in the rear of 63 Mill St. on Sept. 10, according to police reports. Police in the report said they had an active probation violation warrant for his arrest.
Police said they searched the area, knowing Cochran had posted multiple videos with firearms to Facebook. They also at the time knew that he was implicated in the investigation in Plymouth involving the waving of a gun, according to the report.
Inside the trash can Cochran was hiding behind, New Britain police found a Sig Sauer P238 handgun, which was later revealed to have been stolen from Stamford, the report said. The gun was loaded with two bullets.
Cochran told police he had purchased the gun in Hartford about two weeks prior and that, once he realized police were closing in on his location, he hid the gun in the trash can, according to the report. He faces charges of carrying a pistol without a permit and stealing a firearm in that case.
Cochran is free on $100,000 bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 21.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.