Hartford Police Make Arrest In June Shooting

HARTFORD — A man who pistol-whipped another man and then fired a shot at him during a June 9 drug transaction was arrested, police said Saturday.

Ruben Reyes, 28, of Hartford was arrested at about 8 p.m. Thursday in front of 75 James Street, police said.

Police responded to a shooting on June 9 in front of the Villa Brava Grocery, 1048 Capitol Ave. Police said a closed-circuit video obtained from the scene showed a man confronting an unidentified man in a street-level drug transaction. The first man pulls a firearm from his waistband and pistol whips the other man in the face, police said. The man then fires one shot at the victim's feet and motions the victim to leave the area, police said.

The Hartford Police Shooting Task Force identified the man with the gun as Reyes, police said.

Reyes went back to the Villa Brava Grocery on July 18, displayed a firearm and threatened store workers about the original incident, police said. Patrol officers were called to the scene, but Reyes had left the area and couldn't be found then, police said.

Reyes was charged with second-degree assault with a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment. For those charges, the court set bond at $250,000.

Separately, he is charged with first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace, for which the court set a separate bond of $250,000.

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