New Britain man pleads guilty after police say he drew weapon on two officers

Published on Friday, 30 July 2021 16:25
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@MUSZYNSKIBP

NEW BRITAIN -- A New Britain man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges after police say he pulled a gun on two officers in April 2020.

Alberto Torres, 30, of 139 Maple St., accepted a plea bargain offered by prosecutors during a hearing on Thursday in New Britain Superior Court.

According to judicial records, he pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal possession of a firearm and assault on a police officer.

Charges of attempted first-degree assault, interfering with an officer and disorderly conduct are expected to be dropped.

Torres has not been sentenced yet. He is being held on $150,000 bond and is due back in court on Oct. 7.

Torres has been held in custody since April 2020, when police responded to an apartment building in the city on the report of an argument. Responding officers encountered Torres inside the building arguing with a woman.

According to the police report, Torres did not listen to an officer’s commands to keep his hands away from his waist and stand up. An officer picked Torres up and onto his feet, when he suddenly drew a handgun from his waist, the report continued.

A struggle then ensued between Torres and an officer, who gave him a knee strike to gain control of the situation, the report said. A second officer was able to grab Torres’ legs before police could handcuff him, according to the report.

Following his arrest, Torres declined to go to a hospital.

Torres is disqualified from owning a gun in Connecticut based on a prior felony conviction, according to judicial records.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 30 July 2021 16:25. Updated: Friday, 30 July 2021 16:28.