Three area men, one from Danbury, were arrested by state police on a host of charges earlier this week.
Richard Acevedo, 29, and Wayne Early, 26, both of Waterbury, were charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of burglars tools and possessing weapons in a motor vehicle, on Monday June 25.
According to police reports, Trooper Cassavechia of state police barracks Troop A in Southbury conducted a motor vehicle violation stop on Route 7 near Exit 11 in Danbury. Upon being pulled over the rear seat passenger immediately fled from that vehicle into an adjacent wooded area.
The driver and front seat passenger remained in the vehicle. The investigation led to burglar’s tools and two loaded handguns being found in the vehicle. The driver, Acevedo of Waterbury and front seat passenger, Early, were both taken into custody and charged.
After a criminal investigation, the third passenger was identified by State Police Major Crime Squad Detectives as Anthony Cruz, 35, of Danbury. Cruz was located and taken into custody without incident at his residence during the early morning hours on Wednesday, June 27.
Cruz was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of burglar’s tools and interfering with an officer. Cruz was held on $300,000 bond.
Additional investigations into the incident by State Police Detectives led to the issuance of additional arrest warrants for Acevedo and Early. According to police reports, Acevedo and Early are also being charged with conspiracy to commit three counts of home invasion, unlawful restraint, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, as well as criminal attempt to commit home invasion, unlawful restraint, first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery.
Acevedo and Early are both being held on respective $350,000 bonds pending arraignment in . Similar charges will be added to Cruz’s docket by the State’s Attorney’s Office, according to police.