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Norwalk man evaded crash scene, assaulted K-9, had several illegal weapons in car: police

Police used a taser and then the man was placed into custody.
Credit: Connecticut State Police - Troop E Montville

PRESTON, Conn — A Norwalk man is facing over a dozen charges after leaving the scene of a crash, assaulting a responding K-9 and possessing several illegal firearms in Preston early Sunday morning, according to Connecticut State Police.

At around 5 a.m., troopers responded to the intersection of Route 12 and Route 2A for a report of a car that crashed into a guardrail.

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Emergency medical service crews saw the 25-year-old driver, later identified as Presley Almanzar-DeJesus had a handgun. Troopers said he began to walk away from the scene and into the woods.

A Montville police officer arrived on scene and Almanzar-DeJesus allegedly pointed his firearm at the officer, according to state police.

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The officer drew his firearm while Almanzar-DeJesus ran deeper into the woods, troopers said.

The Montville police officer then sent his K-9 into the woods, and state police said the K-9 was able to latch onto his leg. Almanzar-DeJesus then punched the K-9 several times and gouged at the dog's eyes, police said.

Police used a taser and then Almanzar-DeJesus was placed into custody.

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After searching the vehicle, police found a loaded high capacity magazine, a .38 Special Revolver, and a Glock 9mm were located. Police discovered both the .38 Special Revolver and the Glock 9mm were stolen out of Bridgeport.

Almanzar-DeJesus is facing 14 charges and bond is set at $250,000. Some of those charges include operating under the influence, cruelty to animals, interfering with police, stealing a firearm, and several criminal possession charges.

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