Court Appearance In BB Gun Arrest Near Presidential Motorcade

Bloomfield Police say it appears a man arrested near the president’s motorcade route with a B-B gun yesterday, was just shooting at some cans.

Joseph Stravinskas is appearing in Hartford Superior Court today.

It seems to be a connection that everybody wants to make directly to the motorcade, but we have no indication of that,” said Captain Stephen Hajdasz.

Hajdasz says a man staying at a home on Central Avenue was shooting at targets, pointing his B-B gun away from the route of the motorcade.

“The Simsbury detective heard some rustling in the woods, near his post, and went to investigate,” Hajdasz said.

Police say the detective ordered Stravinskas to drop what appeared to be a rifle, but the 27-year-old man instead dropped his aim, but turned towards police while still holding what turned out to be a B-B gun.

Stravinskas was charged with breach of peace, threatening, and interfering with an officer.  Police say the charges stemmed from Straveinskas’s failure to drop the weapon when ordered, and were not connected to the motorcade.

He had been near a home on Central Avenue, adjacent to the motorcade route on Cottage Grove Road.

The incident occurred after President Barack Obama’s motorcade had passed by on its way to the University of Hartford, but before the motorcade left the school.


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