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Southington Man Charged With Pulling Gun in Road Rage Incident

Police said a red light incident near Interstate 84 on West Street New Years Eve led the victims to follow Samuel Alvarez to his home before calling police for help.

A Mount Vernon Road resident is facing charges including brandishing a firearm after police said he pulled a gun on two men at a stoplight after the men were allegedly “starring at him” for too long.

Officers were notified of the interaction, which took place along West Street near one of the intersections at Interstate 84, shortly after as the two victims called in to report his license plate number after following him to Mount Vernon Road, police said.

Samuel Alvarez, 57, was taken into custody later in the day without incident and was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court Thursday on charges of second-degree breach of peace, first-degree threatening and brandishing a firearm. He was released after his bond was reduced, court officials said.

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“Alvarez allegedly pointed a handgun in the direction of two males, who were seated in a vehicle next to his as they were stopped side by side waiting for a red traffic light,” Southington Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said Thursday.

The men, upset at the incident, followed the vehicle to Jude Lane and Mount Vernon Road before losing site of it, police said. The license plate allowed police to contact Alvarez, of 1223 Mount Vernon Road, at his home.

“When officers made contact with Alvarez, he was reaching inside an open safe. An ammo magazine was located on Alvarez's person,” Dobratz said. “It was determined that Alvarez was putting in a handgun the safe and it matched the description of the weapon described by the victims. The magazine found in Alvarez's pocket belonged to the handgun that he was putting into the safe.”

There were no injuries reported during this incident.

According to the three men involved, there were no prior confrontations or events. Police said Alvarez seemed to be provoked by the way the two men were staring at him.

Alvarez has no prior arrests, according to court records, and is due back in court in February according to officials.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxrot January 04, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Why is this guy getting arrested for trying to defend him self? He obviously felt threatening by these to men.
JTB January 04, 2013 at 07:19 PM
@whiskeytangofoxtrot: In a civilized society, you do not brandish weapons simply because you do not like the way someone is "looking at you."
SkinC51 January 04, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Serious, because someone looks at you, you need to pull a gun!!!!! What is this world coming to?
Tony M January 05, 2013 at 06:47 PM
OMG! What a Jerk he is. If someone looked at me, I would feel complimented.
Joe Mama January 06, 2013 at 01:55 AM
If someone brandished a weapon to you and you had called in their plate would you continue to follow that person? It sounds like there is a little more here than is being told. Banishing was wrong indeed but almost sounds like they were stalking this guy. They obviously did not feel threatened if they continued to chase him.
Veda Bak January 06, 2013 at 08:07 AM
I agree with Joe Mama! Why would anyone that feels threatened follow the person that is so called threatening him?? They had his plate so there is more to this then what is being reported.
scott a January 21, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Call me. Scott A.
Southington Cit January 23, 2013 at 03:02 AM
http://www.kifaruforums.net/archive/index.php/t-6844.html T&S Manufacturing 02-07-2006, 03:58 PM A town in Montana called Manhatten. If that ain't an oxymoron I don't know what is /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif I can hardly stand CT in my old age. With 3.5 million people in just over 3,500 square miles, we're damn near on top of each other. And it seems I'm always on the bottom!! It's only my firearms mfg business that keeps me here. Shop has 3 phase, land is paid for and bldg (10K sq ft) will be paid up in two yrs. I'm a small fry in the gun business but found a good niche with the semi auto versions of mg's. That includes Browning 1919 models, Thompson SMG's, and Bren's. I go to 6 or 8 belt fed shoots a year, for 2 to 4 days per shoot. We nail cars filled with dynamite, propane tanks topped with 5 gallon buckets of gasoline, and just about anything we can haul downrange. It's very mesmerizing, and I get quite involved in the whole full auto thing...but even so...I'd probably get more lasting satisfaction from owning a bunch of acres and hunting for my meat (mostly), and growing my veggies (mostly). I'd still keep my toys. I guess I've got enough empty brass to keep any small, third world army going for years....so I'd be able to reload and every once in a while run a few thousand rounds thru a belt fed. But somehow...that seems to pale compared to just walking the woods with a .22, looking for pot meat. Sam Alvarez
w January 24, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Next Newtown CT Gun crisis in the making! Sam Alvarez!
w February 03, 2013 at 11:33 PM
http://www.kifaruforums.net/archive/index.php/t-6844.html T&S Manufacturing 02-07-2012, 06:56 PM Two words...subsonic rounds. For the .380. KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN "fires so fast...don't care if I hit anything". ROFLMAO!!!! Feel same way about my M60 w/E4 kit. 100, 200, 300 or more rd belt...and don't care where it goes, long as it's downrange. Just like a fr*ggen "cocaine monkey". Long as there's rounds left I'm on the trigger. Same with all my belt feds. Never ceases to amaze me how pavlovian I get when it comes to these toys. I really do need a head mounted drool box when I get behind one of these. Geesh...a 500 rd belt thru the M60 or anything else ('cept the MG42...which requires several 50 rd belts...at 1200 RPM) is like a 60 second orgasm...only need a smoke and nap when I'm done...then I'm ready to go again. No wonder I don't drive a new truck... Sam out.
ser February 05, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Cynthia Alvarez

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