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Norwalk Man Found With Stolen Handgun, Pot After Chase, Police Say

Alexis Rodriguez Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department
This handgun was found on Alexis Rodriguez following a short chase and was determined to have been stolen from Darien, according to police. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- Officers chased down a Norwalk man Wednesday whom they had seen smoking marijuana, only to discover that he was in possession of a gun that had been stolen in Darien, according to Norwalk Police.

Members of the Norwalk Police Strategic Narcotics Enforcement Team observed a man smoking marijuana on the corner of Bayview Avenue and Golden Hill Street at 9:27 p.m. Wednesday, police said. When the officers interviewed the man, later identified as 24-year-old Alexis Rodriguez, police said he took off running.

The officers chased Rodriguez down, eventually tackling him to the ground on Summit Avenue, according to police. They determined that he had a handgun and marijuana in the backpack he was wearing, police said.

Officers found the Beretta 9mm handgun had been stolen out of Darien, police said. They also seized three bags of marijuana weighing 31.6 grams, according to police reports. Rodriguez was also wanted on an active warrant for failure to appear in court for a prior drug arrest, police said.

Rodriguez was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a daycare. He was held on a $100,000 bond.

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