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New Britain Drug And Gun Suspect Barges Into Apartment, Hides In Cabinet

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Jose Maldonado (Courtesy New Britain Police)

Jose Maldonado (Courtesy New Britain Police)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) _ New Britain Police today found a man wanted on drug and gun charges.

Investigators say when Jose Maldonado saw them, he ducked back inside an apartment building on North Street, barged into a fourth floor apartment, and hid in a cabinet.

Police say the people who were in the apartment — including some children — fled when he forced his way inside.

The New Britain SWAT team was called out, the building was evacuated, and police found the 20-year-old suspect in his hiding place.

Maldonado faces gun and drug dealing charges.

Several days earlier in the same building, police found cocaine, heroin, three handguns, and body armor in an apartment Maldonado had run away from.

He posted bond while police were investigating part of that incident.

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