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Armed Man Arrested, Connected to Norwalk Shooting

A convicted felon was arrested early Friday after being stopped while driving a car linked to two Norwalk shootings earlier this week. He had a loaded semiautomatic pistol in his waistband, Norwalk police said, and another semiautomatic pistol under the driver's seat as well as a knife on the back seat.

Ulysses "Antoine" Banks, 26, of Bridgeport, was charged with carrying a gun without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a pistol or revolver. Bond was set at $300,000.

Banks was stopped at the entrance to Carlton Court at Grove and South Main streets by Lt. William Lowe because the right rear taillight was out on the Ford Escort he was driving. Lowe also recognized Banks and knew his driver's license is suspended.

Officers recognized the car as well: They say they stopped it early Tuesday after a man was shot in the knee, allegedly on Glasser Street . Banks was a passenger in the vehicle at the time, police said. It was driven by a man who had been shot at Monday while riding a cab in South Norwalk.

Banks was nervous after being stopped Friday by Lowe, police say. He was sweating and shaking so much he had trouble opening the glove compartment. He looked at the floor several times and kept reaching for his right hip, although he was ordered to keep his hands where police could see them.

Police decided to make a custodial arrest of Banks because of his violent criminal history: He has been convicted of drug charges, assault, robbery, weapons in a motor vehicle, marijuana possession and changing the ID on a gun.

Asked whether he had anything illegal in his possession, Banks said, "I have a gun." Police say they found a Beretta model 21A pistol in his waistband. They found a Glock model 19c pistol and a Husky folding knife in the car, as well as cash and a cell phone. The vehicle was towed.

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