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New York man charged with gun possession in Stamford

February 11, 2019

STAMFORD—A New York City man was arrested coming off a train into Stamford with a gun on Saturday night.

Capt. Richard Conklin said officers in the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad heard that a man would be arriving at the train station with two friends while carrying a pistol. The Narcotics officers rounded up some uniformed cops and officers from the detective bureau to watch the train station for the man.

At about 10:30 p.m. the man fitting the description given by the tipster showed up. Officers stopped the trio and searched the man who identified himself as Mikal Jones. Inside the man’s backpack, police found a .45 caliber Smith &Wesson semiautomatic pistol with a magazine containing two bullets and took Jones into custody.

Jones, however, did not have any identification on him. Sometime later, someone called the police station to ask if Ricky Vidal, who got picked up at the train station that same night, was still in custody and how much his bond was. Police confronted their prisoner and Vidal admitted to using a fake name.

Vidal was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit and interfering with police. He was held in lieu of a $75,000 court appearance bond.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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